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.
We also faxed letters to Reps. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to ask them to answer allegations that appeared in a number of news outlets regarding travel they took to the Northern Mariana Islands with Jack Abramoff. We'll let you know of any response we get.
We're also preparing for a protest in the district of Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH). Ney hasn't replied to the letter we put together with other organizations to ask him a series of questions about the WaPo story on Sunday regarding the purchase and sale of SunCruz Casinos in Florida. Here's the who, what, when, where, and why... if you're in the area come on down!
Who: Constituents of U.S. Representative Bob Ney
What: Press Conference in front of Rep. Ney’s district office in Zanesville, OH
When: 12:00 noon, Friday, May 6th
Where: Masonic Temple Building, 38 North, 4th St., Zanesville
Why: Rep. Ney used his position in the House of Representatives to involve himself in a business deal regarding the sale of a Florida cruise line, SunCruz Casinos, that has little or nothing do with the interests of his constituents or Ohioans.
Individuals involved in the purchase and sale of SunCruz Casino are under federal investigation for allegations including mob influence, and one former owner was murdered.
Ohio Citizen Action, Public Campaign Action Fund, American Family Voices, and Campaign for America’s Future sent letters to Rep. Ney to ask him to answer specific questions regarding this matter after media reports earlier in the week, but have not received any reply.
And a copy of the letter is here.
Meghan will have a news round up soon...