Tom DeLay

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Texas Prosecutors Digging Around California

Texas prosecutors who have charged DeLay with campaign finance law violations are digging deeper and trying to piece together a $15,000 contribution to TRMPAC from a California based defense contractor--the same contractor that bought disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. This is what the prosecutors are looking for:

Prosecutors Seek to Revive DeLay Conspiracy Charge

Prosecutors are seeking to revive a criminal conspiracy charge against Rep. Tom DeLay, reports the AP. They want the 3rd Court of Appeals to reconsider the decision of State District Judge Pat Priest to dismiss a charge of conspiracy to violate state election law.

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:

Protest Tomorrow Morning At Americans For Tax Reform

MoveOn.org, along with co-sponsors Public Campaign Action Fund and Campaign for America's future, will be holding a peaceful protest tomorrow morning at 9:45 AM in front of the offices of Americans for Tax Reform. We'll be protesting at the site of the weekly Grover Norquist, a major player in the DeLay/GOP "K Street Project," "Wednesday Group" meeting of inside the beltway operatives.

Come on down and protest pay-to-play politics! More details below:

Groups to Protest GOP Corruption; Norquist "Pay-to-Play" Scheme

Texas Hires DeLay-Linked Lobbyists

The State of Texas has a $330,000 contract with Todd Boulanger, who used to work closely with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and who has close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay, reports the Houston Chronicle. Boulanger now works for the lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates. Texas hired the firm in January 2005 and then renewed the contract in November. DeLay's former chief of staff, Tony Rudy, introduced Boulanger to his wife, Jessica, who also worked for DeLay.

Barely One In Five

DeLay's support in his district is waning. According to a newspaper poll conducted this past weekend, only 22% of those polled said they would vote for him if the election were held now.

The response from the DeLay campaign:

"DeLay's spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty challenged the validity of the poll and said the result is 'contrary to the strong support we're seeing for Congressman DeLay throughout the district.'"

Demand stations run our ad

FactCheck.org just released its analysis of our ad that is sitting gathering dust at Houston TV stations as station managers remain cowed by Tom DeLay's bullying.

Guess what? It's factual:

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:

DeLay's Home Sweet Home

You gotta love it if you're Tom DeLay and a GOP precinct chairman from your home district gives you this ringing endorsement:

Wade Webster, a Republican precinct chairman in Clear Lake, said he thought the party would stand behind Mr. DeLay, for now.

"It's going to be tougher, yes, with all the bad publicity and the innuendos and what-not," he said. "Until something more definitive comes out, I'm supporting him. But I retain the option to change my mind."