Special Interest Group Attempting to Taint DeLay Jury Pool

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Public Campaign Action Fund Calls on Free Enterprise Fund to Pull Ads Immediately

Washington, DC – Public Campaign Action Fund, a non-partisan watchdog group, today called on the Free Enterprise Fund to immediately stop running television ads that amount to jury tampering.

The ads, which personally attack Travis County Prosecutor Ronnie Earle for recent grand jury indictments of former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, will be run on Fox News Channel nationally, with increased saturation in the Austin media market. It is from this area where DeLay’s jury will be selected.

David Donnelly, National Campaigns Director for Public Campaign Action Fund, said the ads are nothing more than an attempt to taint the Travis County jury pool.

“The real scandal of these sensational ads is the efforts of the Free Enterprise Fund to tamper with indicted former Majority Leader DeLay’s trial by a jury of his peers,” Donnelly said. “DeLay and the Free Enterprise Fund are peas in a pod: they’re both willing to spend big money from wealthy special interests to further their own agenda.”

Public Campaign Action Fund is a national, nonpartisan watchdog organization that has led the charge for greater accountability among House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other corrupt members of Congress, and works to advance comprehensive campaign finance reform.