Wednesday, April 06, 2005

A Worthy Cause for MoveOn.Org

Normally I'm not the world's biggest MoveOn.Org fan, but this petition, forwarded to me by my mother, I fully support.

Dear MoveOn member,

This morning, the Washington Post and the New York Times each broke new scandals involving Republican Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay. According to the Times, DeLay paid his wife and daughter more than $500,000 of his political donors' money over the last four years. And the Post article highlights a seedy 1997 trip DeLay took, underwritten by "a mysterious company located in the Bahamas" that was tied to Russian business interests.

And that's not the only legal or ethical scandal DeLay is involved in. DeLay illegally used corporate funds in support of his plan to re-district Texas, and he went on golf trips with gambling lobbyist Jack Abramoff--two months before DeLay helped kill legislation opposed by the gambling companies.

DeLay's grandstanding on the Terri Schiavo tragedy--which a great majority of the country feels is political opportunism--was the straw that broke the camel's back. Now, some Republicans in Congress are speaking out against DeLay, but most are still too scared of his powerful network of corporate donors. We need to show all of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, that if they stand up to Tom DeLay we've got their back.

It is time to fire Tom DeLay as House Majority Leader. Please sign our petition urging Congress to remove DeLay from his leader post at the link below.

As the chorus of opposition grows louder, it is important to show that this isn't just a power struggle in Washington but that, in fact, millions of Americans share the same concerns about DeLay's pattern of repeated corruption.

Even the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, one of the most conservative groups of editors in the country, is offended by the excesses of Tom DeLay. They wrote on March 28, "Mr. DeLay, who rode to power in 1994 on a wave of revulsion at the everyday ways of big government, has become the living exemplar of some of its worst habits."

Among his offenses, Tom Delay:

* Promised a role in drafting legislation to a corporate donor

* Tried to coerce a Congressman for a vote on Medicare

* Allegedly used corporate money given to his PAC to finance Texas campaigns in
violation of state law

* Used Homeland Security resources in a dispute with Democrats in Texas

* Diverted funds from a children's charity for lavish celebrations at the
Republican convention

* Threatened retaliation against interest groups that don't support Republicans

* Stacked the House Ethics committee with representatives who have contributed to
his legal defense fund

* Accepted trips from corporations and later helped kill legislation they opposed

* Accepted trips from the lobbyist for a foreign government in violation of House

* Crippled the effectiveness of the House Ethics Committee by purging
members who had rebuked him

* Pushed for a rules change for the House Ethics process that paralyzed
the panel

* Sought a rule change that would have no longer "required leaders to
step aside temporarily if indicted"

* Paid family members more than $500,000 out of campaign contributions

(See postscript below for a link to citations.)

As Majority Leader, DeLay is the second-ranking leader in the House of Representatives. He is responsible for developing the Republican issue agenda and sets the legislative schedule by selecting which bills the House will consider.

The ranks of government contractors and lobbyists who depend on this legislative authority have slathered DeLay, his cronies and related organizations with millions of dollars.

Please sign our petition today urging Congress to fire Tom Delay!

After you sign the petition please forward this e-mail to your friends,family and colleagues. They need to know about the egregious actions of this congressional leader.

Thanks for all you do.

--Tom Matzzie and the MoveOn PAC Team
Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Tom Delay is the Republican I find scariest - next to certain members of TDR, of course (sarcasm intended). Maybe these scandals will finally take him down.


Anonymous David said...

too bad i unsubscribed after they sent me all that crap during the election.

8:24 PM  

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