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Rep. Jim Gerlach Should Immediately Cancel Rove Fundraiser

Public Campaign Action Fund called on Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) to cancel his big-money fundraiser featuring presidential advisor Karl Rove tonight, and criticized him for placing special interest fundraising above the interests of his constituents. Rove, who is embroiled in an a scandal regarding his role in leaking the identity of Valerie Plame, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Gerlach tonight just a block away from the White House at 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Hastings Might Step Down - Let's Keep the Pressure On

It appears that House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) is starting to feel the heat after weeks of sustained pressure by his frustrated constituents, Public Campaign Action Fund, and Washingtonians for a Cleaner Congress.

Public Campaign Action Fund statement

We released the following statement today...

TEXAS JUDGE FINDS DELAY’S POLITICAL COMMITTEE GUILTY OF VIOLATING CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW

Washington—The watchdog group Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement from its National Campaigns Director, David Donnelly, regarding today’s ruling against Tom DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC):

Special Guest Star: David Donnelly

Moving Ideas, an electronic policy network, will host an online discussion today from 1:00 - 5:00 PM titled "Failing Congressional Ethics." Our own David Donnelly will be joined by Dr. Craig Holman of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, Mike Surrusco of Common Cause, and Michael Tomasky of The American Prospect, to discuss the House Ethics Committee and Tom DeLay's involvement with its members.

Tune in live and ask your questions here.

Statement on Hastert's decision to roll back ethics rules

Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement today regarding the reversal of the House Ethics rules by its executive director, Nick Nyhart:

"The House leadership does not deserve praise for reverting to old ethics rules. The Ethics Committee is stacked with those who have donated money to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund, or have received contributions from his PAC. Where else in America but in this Congress can a defendant place his cronies on the jury and pay them off while he's at it?"

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Hot off the presses

The stories are rolling in from this morning's press conference announcing Public Campaign Action Fund's launch of ads criticizing Tom DeLay.

The Associated Press explains how Public Campaign Action Fund chose Republican targets:

Ad Campaign Launched

The "virtual" room was packed at this morning's telephone press conference announcing Public Campaign Action Fund's and Campaign for America's Future's ad launch criticizing Tom DeLay. More than 30 reporters were on the call, representing mainstream outlets such as CNN, NBC, Fox News, the Associated Press, Reuters, and the National Journal. Stay tuned for coverage.

Ads targeting three GOP members for defending DeLay unveiled

Public Campaign Action Fund is unveiling three TV ads today in a campaign to take Tom DeLay's scandals directly to members of Congress. Tom DeLay is a walking scandal, and Republicans should answer for why they continue to let him be their leader. He should resign immediately.

Media Advisory

We just sent out this media advisory regarding tonight's 60 Minutes piece on Ronnie Earle and Tom DeLay.

UPDATE: Here's my quote:

Eight organizations hold press conference denouncing ethics changes

Eight organizations, forming what is called the Congressional Ethics Coalition, held a press conference today to denounce the proposed weakening of ethics rules. Here are the organizations with links to their statements:

Campaign Legal Center