Tom DeLay

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Making a List, Checking it Twice

The Washington Post published a run down of imprisoned super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff's 2001 holiday shopping list which listed the various expensive treats and trinkets Abramoff gifted to members of Congress he was courting. It certainly confirms just how dearly Abramoff prized Tom DeLay's actions on his behalf - he sent the former House Majority Leader $250 worth of Godiva chocolates.

New ad up in Wyoming

Last week, I told you about Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) threatening to slap her opponent for daring to call her on her Abramoff and Tom DeLay PAC donations. Today, I bring you the ad we're running in her home state of Wyoming:

 

Truth hurts

Rep. Barbara Cubin (R), the Wyoming incumbent, threatened to slap an opponent who brought up Tom DeLay's ARMPAC donations to her. For the record, she took $22,520 from ARMPAC and another $1,000 from DeLay's campaign committee. And voted with him more than 94% of the time. Read more at In DeLay's Pocket.

DeLay's Ballot Fight

Looks like DeLay's push to get himself off the ballot in Texas will get a quick hearing in court on July 31st.

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Where was Tom today?

Tom DeLay received news that his name could not be replaced on the November ballot at his house in Sugar Land, Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle:

 

DeLay, dressed in shorts and a baseball cap, answered the door at his Sugar Land house this afternoon, but declined to talk with a Chronicle reporter.

 

"I don't do this (interviews). Not at my house," he said as he closed the door. "Goodbye."

 

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Public Campaign Action Fund Statement on Court Decision to Keep DeLay on November Ballot

A U.S. District Court ruled today that Tom DeLay's name cannot be removed from the ballot in November for the congressional seat he resigned from last month. Click here to read Public Campaign Action Fund's statement on the court's decision.

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DeLay back on ballot?

A federal judge has found that Republicans cannot remove Tom DeLay from the ballot. There's sure to be additional legal maneuvering before the day is done, but this is a pretty significant victory for voters' rights -- you can't tell the voters who they can choose from just because it's politically expedient to nominate a more acceptable general election candidate.

 

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Once Linked to DeLay, Always Linked to DeLay

Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO) is leaving his seat to run for governor in Colorado, and he's still getting notice for his coziness to Tom DeLay. In the middle of a long profile on Beauprez in today's Denver Post we read:

 

Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonpartisan group dedicated to reforming campaign fundraising, has ranked Beauprez first among members of Congress for overall ties to DeLay.

 

DeLay Documentary Premiere

"The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress" is a documentary by filmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, and premieres tonight in Houston. It takes a look at the congressional redistricting DeLay engineered, and Travis County DA Ronnie's Earle's investigation of DeLay into charges of money-laundering.

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DeLay's Wilkes Problem

Defense contractor Brent Wilkes didn't just bribe former Rep. Duke Cunningham with gifts and prostitutes. He courted then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay like nobody's business.