End of the Year Goal

We don't fundraise often at the Daily DeLay, but today we're making an exception. The public needs to know about corrupt politicians and we plan to tell them -- in targeted districts around the country in 2006.

We've raised $88,000 over the past few weeks towards our goal of having $100,000 in the bank to begin 2006. If 2005 was the year of abuse of power and corruption, let 2006 be the year when politicians paid a political price. Please consider a generous donation. I've pasted the letter we sent out to our members below. Thanks.

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Dear Friend,

Remember that smiling mug shot of Tom DeLay last month? Here's why he was smiling, courtesy of the Associated Press:

"As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants — all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire." (Photo credit: Associated Press)

Please make a contribution to help hold corrupt politicians accountable.

In 2005, you helped to knock the "king of campaign fundraising" off his throne. And in 2006, with your help, Public Campaign Action Fund will work everyday to clean up Congress.

Earlier this year, we defeated the "DeLay Rule," fought to break up one stalemate at the Ethics Committee, and took on pliant members of Congress who were all too willing to turn a blind eye to Tom DeLay's corruption and lifestyle.

Right off the bat next year, we'll continue to capitalize on stories like this one and deliver a hard-hitting message in the home districts of politicians on the take with televison ads, protests, and other creative activities.

We depend on your support to run the ads, hire organizers, and run real campaigns that produce results.

A generous year-end contribution will ensure that we hit the ground running in 2006.

When we first started, people in Washington told us that no one cared about Tom DeLay. But we knew that was wrong and we didn't get deterred. And together, we led the charge and showed the political establishment that we will not let our leaders get away with abusing power for their personal or political gain.

DeLay is just one example of this abuse of power. As today's news says, he visited "at least 48 visits to golf clubs and resorts with lush fairways;" took "100 flights aboard company planes;" stayed "200 [times] at hotels, many world-class;" and ate "500 meals at restaurants, some averaging nearly $200 for a dinner for two."

Unfortunately, he's not the only example. We're hot on the trail of members of Congress who enrich themselves on the dime of corporate donors, all while paying back those big money donors with legislative favors at taxpayer expense. With your continued help, we'll hold them accountable in 2006.

In recent weeks, we've raised $88,000 toward our goal of having $100,000 in the bank at the beginning of 2006.

Help us meet that goal with a contribution today.

Thanks for all your help, all year long. Happy Holidays from all of us at Public Campaign Action Fund.

Sincerely,

David Donnelly
National Campaigns Director

Source: The A.P. story can be found at the Washington Post's website at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/20/AR2005122000714.html

P.S. Some people would prefer to send contributions through the mail. If you want to send a check, make it out and send it to Public Campaign Action Fund, 1320 19th Street, Suite M-1, Washington, DC 20036. Contributions are not tax deductible. Together we'll fight DeLay's big money politics.