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The Boehner ad

Cold. Hard. Cash.

We've also posted a of Boehner's likeness to the disgraced Majority Leader he replaces, Tom DeLay. Feel free to circulate:

The Facts on John Boehner (R-OH)

1. Like Tom DeLay, John Boehner has close ties to K Street

Photograph Company President that "scrubbed" Abramoff photo with Bush gave to Bush

Josh has a post in which he interviews the President of Reflections Photography on why their photos of Abramoff and Bush are no longer available. From his post:

George Will on DeLay's Defiance

Tom DeLay is defiant in the face of criticism and scandal, writes George Will in today's Washington Post. We knew that, but it's still interesting to read just how defiant he is.

"I'm very proud of [the K Street Project]," he told Will, of the plan he fashioned after the GOP takeover in the mid-1990s to bully Washington trade associations and lobbying firms to hire Republicans and get rid of Democrats.

Bush and Abramoff Caught on Camera

It's been floating around the blogosphere these past few days and now the White House has finally confirmed it: photos exist of either President George W. Bush with Jack Abramoff or the president with Abramoff's children. The photos were taken at a White House Hannukah party. Why did the White House finally admit that the photos were out there? Says the New York Times:

Nobody Wants to Talk About the Elephant in the Room

This week has been a big one for lobby reform, with Congressional Republicans releasing their draft plans for lobbying reform and the Democrats following suit yesterday. Notably absent from all these proposals is any mention of public financing of elections, or, frankly, any mention of campaign finance reform at all. It's as if nobody wants to talk about the proverbial elephant in the room.

Green Cash and Scam

Dan Tynan at the Witlist blog has boiled the Abramoff-DeLay scandal down to a level that even a pre-schooler could understand. He calls his piece "Tom DeLay Denies All Charges (As Told by Dr. Suess)." It starts:

That Abramoff!
That Abramoff!

The Real Scandal: Our Pay-to-Play Campaign Finance System

Check out Public Campaign's editorial memorandum on the need for comprehensive campaign finance reform in the wake of the scandals swirling around Reps. Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Jack Abramoff, etc. and etc. From the memo:

Lots of News on our Ads

Today the Houston Chronicle runs a story saying that our DeLay ad is running on cable and on the Internet but that broadcast stations have caved into pressure. One key quote from the story:

Another scandal

A former top aide to Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) has pled guilty today to "aiding and abetting the bribery of a public official and conspiracy" according to AP.

This has no place in Congress. Rep. Jefferson ought to come clean.

David Donnelly On Houston Talk Radio Show At 3:15 PM EST

Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly will be on the Deborah Duncan show on KTRH in Houston, Texas at 3:15 EST (2:15 CST) to 3:22 EST (2:22 CST). If you live in Houston please call in and ask David questions on the ads and the DeLay/Abramoff scandal!