Tuesday, April 05, 2005

What the Post and Times found

The “Hammer” is being hammered by breaking stories in both the Washington Post and the New York Times. The Times’ headline “Political Groups Paid Two Relatives of House Leader” puts the focus on the fact that Tom DeLay’s wife and daughter have been paid over a half million dollars just since 2001 by the bug man’s political operations, but the heat is coming from the Post’s story -- which the Times also mentions -- detailing yet another overseas junket by DeLay and the seemingly ubiquitous uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, this one to Russia in 1997 on the tab of Russian oil, gas and security interests.

The Russians were targeting Republicans in Washington for intensive lobbying, the Post notes:

In that period, prominent Russian businessmen, as well as the Russian government, depended heavily on a flow of billions of dollars in annual Western aid and so had good reason to build bridges to Congress. House Republicans were becoming increasingly critical of U.S. and international lending institutions, such as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the International Monetary Fund, which were then investing heavily in Russia's fragile economy.

Unlike some House conservatives who scorn such support as "corporate welfare," DeLay proved to be a "yes" vote for institutions bolstering Russia in this period. For example, DeLay voted for a bill that included the replenishment of billions of dollars in IMF funds used to bail out the Russian economy in 1998.

The Post digs deep into the details of who paid for the DeLay trip, finding that a “mysterious company registered in the Bahamas” transferred $440,000 to the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy Research, the same Republican-tied organization that acted as a pass-through for the gambling interests which funded DeLay's trip to Scotland.

This is sure to intensify the pressure on DeLay and his fellow Republicans. If you haven’t done so already, go to WithoutDeLay.org and join the tens of thousands of citizens calling on him to resign.

And help us run ads in targeted districts of Republicans to shame them into calling on DeLay to resign.


  • Hell, I say contribute to the man's defense fund. The longer he twists in the wind, the better.

    By Blogger RobW, at 12:12 AM  

  • I agree, RobW.

    David, how much longer do you think Tom DeLay has before he will be forced to step down?

    By Blogger Thomas, at 1:05 AM  

  • I sent this letter to my Congressman, George Miller, on April :

    So what concrete action are YOU taking to put a stop to Delay's illegal, threatening and un-American behavior? Have you stood up in Congress and demanded his resignation publicly? Cong. Miller, you know I am overall a fan of yours but it's time for you to flex your muscle and challenge Delay. He's one of the most corrupt politicians who has ever risen to House leadership. Why are you and the other Dems tolerating it? Your lack of action allowed the entire state of Texas to be unfairly, illegally redistricted. We'd still have a US Senate majority if you had put a stop to the outrageous Delay gerrymandering of Texas. Have you ever sat down and looked at a map of his redistricting of Texas? And if so, why aren't you screaming bloody murder? It breaks all Federal voting laws.

    You know, it's easy to point a finger from a distance...a lot harder to get up close and attack a man like the Hammer. I know that. But that is what my friends and I expect you to do when we vote for you. If you aren't willing to go up against the rank corruption of the Republican party that is personified by Delay, then maybe you don't deserve your office. I'm sorry to sound so harsh but the Schiavo nonsense was the final nail in Delay's coffin for many of us and we want our elected officals to ACT NOW.

    By the way, my husband is a Federal Judge who votes for you. We expect you to stand up for us.

    Maureen O'Reilly

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:07 AM  

  • I have sent e-mails to Kerry, Kennedy and Tierney on this issue. Each replied, pledging to fight Delay and if possible, remove him from office.

    The Shivero debacle was the "hair that broke the camel's back". His hipocracy was loud and clear in this instance, whereas he'd taken part in ending the life of a family member. Speaking of double standards!

    I do not think of myself as a moralist but Delay has broken every commandment he spouts to uphold. I am not a religionist, but Delay pretends to be and behaves otherwise.

    Were it not for Bush backing Delay would have been gone long ago. The sad truth is that Bush needs criminals to take the focus off his own criminality.

    Permit me to quote Nat Hentoff of Village Voice: Where the hell is congress? He was writing of political abuse of prisoners, but his question applies to almost every action taken by Bush since he took the seat in the oval office. Surely, I would like an answer.

    By Anonymous Sylvia Barksdale, at 9:02 AM  

  • There's only one solution to our governmebt's ineptness, criminal actions and downright spitting in the faces of Americans.

    Impeach the whole bunch. Lock them away for life in a political prison.

    Start over. Regain respect for our beloved country. Put our hard earned tax money where it will do the most good. Starting at home and with part of the leftover, assist other countries.

    Above all, we must seek honor in our leaders. After all they are our servants, not our masters and we, the people, must regain the power.

    By Anonymous sunbeam, at 9:13 AM  

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