Ohio

The Money Keeps Coming

Indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay saw a huge leap in money raised for his Legal Defense Fund this quarter, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

And then there were four

Roll Call reports that Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) has decided to return campaign cash that he received from the indicted former Majority Leader. The Ohio Congressman has donated $13,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

LaTourette has not commented publicly on the donation, but in a response to constituent/Democratic congressional candidate Palmer Peterson wrote:

"Summertime, and the Living is..." Sleazy.

Something in the air seems to have politicians across the country behaving badly, according to the Associated Press.

"Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is hardly the only politician these days to be hit by scandal. He's just the only one to admit he was wrong," Andrew Taylor writes. "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is fighting ethics charges. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is too. And two federal lawmakers are under investigation over financial dealings. "

Oh, The Times They Are A-Changin'

Democrat and Iraq War Veteran Paul Hackett may have lost the incredibly close race for the open Congressional seat in Ohio's second district, but there is much speculation over what it might mean for Congressional candidates in 2006. Bush won the district in 2004 with 64% of the vote. Republican Candidate Jean Schmidt won with 52%.

The folks over at MSNBC's First Read wrote this:

Schmidt, candidate in OH-02, urged to return DeLay's money

Jean Schmidt, the Republican candidate for the special election in Ohio's second congressional district (the seat was left vacant with Rob Portman's appointment to US Trade Representative), received two $5,000 contributions from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC on June 23rd and 27th, respectively.

With all the scandals in Ohio -- Bob Ney, Coingate, etc. -- do Ohioans want another representative whose in DeLay's pocket?

Ney targeted with ads

Campaign for America's Future has a print ad (PDF) in two Ohio newspapers in Rep. Bob Ney's district to drive local attention to the spate of scandals swirling around the representative.

Bob Ney protest in Times Recorder of Zanesville

The Times-Recorder in Zanesville, Ohio picked up our press conference/protest of Rep. Bob Ney and his involvement in a shady purchase of a casino business in Florida by one of his donors. Ney still hasn't answered our questions.

Here's a long excerpt:

Busy morning...

This morning we launched a petition campaign to call on Speaker Hastert to appoint a special counsel to investigate Tom DeLay. In America, you can't buy a jury. It's illegal. But DeLay, though his PAC, has given money to 225 or the 232 GOP members. We can't get an impartial ethics committee from that jury pool. Congress can't police itself.

Questions for Bob Ney

Along with two other organizations, Public Campaign Action Fund sent this letter to U.S. Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) to ask him to answer just a few questions about his knowledge of facts in yesterday's Washington Post story:
American Family Voices ◦ Campaign for America’s Future
Public Campaign Action Fund

Novak on DeLay's future. Kinda.

Bob Novak begins addressing a post-DeLay Congress. Can't imagine the race to replace DeLay is already on, but the handicapping apparently has already begun:

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, who was voted out of the House Republican leadership six years ago, is now the odds-on favorite to be the next majority leader if Rep. Tom DeLay is forced to resign.