Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Dish the DeLay Dirt About Your Rep!

Now that the DeLay Rankings web page is up and running, we'd love to hear from you. Is your representative way up there on the list? Do you have any other information about how cozy he or she is with Tom DeLay? Maybe you have a news clip to share about your representative attending a fundraiser with the majority leader. Maybe you know that your representative carried water for DeLay on a particular piece of legislation. Maybe you have had any problems with the site, or if you ideas about how we can improve it. Maybe you just want to vent a bit. We're here to listen, so please post away!

41 Comments:

  • Please clarify, I looked at the rankings and some people contribute over the $5k maximum for the legal fund.

    How'd they get to do that?

    By Blogger Crackpot Press, at 2:06 PM  

  • Good question, Crackpotpress.

    Under House rules, donors may contribute a maximum of $5,000 per calendar year to a legal defense fund.

    The legal fund has been around since 2000, so the amounts reflect totals per member since then.

    By Blogger Nancy Watzman, at 2:43 PM  

  • I would love to know the ranking for former Congressman, who are holding another office. Gov. Bob Ehrlich of MD comes to mind. There are others that Tom helped to move on to bigger things...

    By Anonymous dengre, at 2:49 PM  

  • I live in Texas in one of the congressional districts that was changed before the November election. We had a wonderful Democratic representative, Charlie Stenholm. Thankfully the current Republican representative, Randy Neugebauer, isn't too high on the list (84th place, but he's only been in office for 1 1/2 terms). I'd love it if someone could make this list for the Democrats who had their positions taken in the Texas redistricting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:32 PM  

  • I sent this letter to David Wu D-rep-Or.
    "Americans are embarrassed and offended by the behavior of house majority leader Tom Delay. Your own colleages have repeatedly said his actions are unethical, and his twisting of the democratic process is a matter of public record. I don't think that Tom Delay is ethically fit to serve as house majority leader-Do you?
    Do you stand for decency, or do you stand behind Tom Delay?

    By Anonymous JimB, at 3:54 PM  

  • What do you think American's would say if one of the Bush twins married a son of Dictator Saddam Hussein? (if they weren't dead) Well my congressman, Jerry Weller (R) IL 11th dist., is married to the daughter of ex- Guatamalan dictator Rios Montt. Montt masacred thousands of Mayans during the 80's. Nice huh? The murdering Dictator officiated at the Nov. 2004 wedding!!!! I'm sure Weller will be called as a "character witness" at his trial for the murders.

    He's a DeLay "pocket buddy"($4500.) and has twice before been caught taking campaign funds illegally. He lives in Guatemala and rents an apartment above a garage in Joliet, IL. just so he has an address in the district.

    He prefers that the people in his district town Limestone pay for their own water pollution problems caused by an MTBE leak vs. Shell Oil, who owned the pipe that broke and polluted the water.

    He prefers human rights violations and dead protesting Guatemalans over human rights. (See CAFTA protests.)He defended the Security Forces actions when I asked him about the killings.

    The last time he was in town, one of his staffers took it upon herself to BATTER A PROTESTOR whose sign obviously offended the entourage. A police report was filed. The time before that, he ran from those who came to hear him speak and HID BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and would only meet with a few people at a time to discuss Social Security.

    This guy's gotta go!

    By Blogger bowncr1212, at 9:16 PM  

  • What do you think American's would say if one of the Bush twins married a son of Dictator Saddam Hussein? (if they weren't dead) Well my congressman, Jerry Weller (R) IL 11th dist., is married to the daughter of ex- Guatamalan dictator Rios Montt. Montt masacred thousands of Mayans during the 80's. Nice huh? The murdering Dictator officiated at the Nov. 2004 wedding!!!! I'm sure Weller will be called as a "character witness" at his trial for the murders.

    He's a DeLay "pocket buddy"($4500.) and has twice before been caught taking campaign funds illegally. He lives in Guatemala and rents an apartment above a garage in Joliet, IL. just so he has an address in the district.

    He prefers that the people in his district town Limestone pay for their own water pollution problems caused by an MTBE leak vs. Shell Oil, who owned the pipe that broke and polluted the water.

    He prefers human rights violations and dead protesting Guatemalans over human rights. (See CAFTA protests.)He defended the Security Forces actions when I asked him about the killings.

    The last time he was in town, one of his staffers took it upon herself to BATTER A PROTESTOR whose sign obviously offended the entourage. A police report was filed. The time before that, he ran from those who came to hear him speak and HID BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and would only meet with a few people at a time to discuss Social Security.

    This guy's gotta go!

    By Blogger bowncr1212, at 9:17 PM  

  • I'm going to start walking around with a bag over my head, I'm so ashamed to have Weller as my Rep. Weller is the highest ranked DeLay Buddy from Il. and he married into a Guatemalan family involved in genocide, torture, drug traffiking, and who knows what else. (And he had the gall to stand in Congress and give a talk on human rights abuses in Burma!) American politicians like Weller (and DeLay, Frist and Bush) are why so many people from other countries hate us.

    By Anonymous Karie E., at 9:44 PM  

  • I too wonder about former congressmen like John Thune who hired Wadhams to beat Daschle? JT also lobbied in DC and worked with a scary law firm there. He still owns a consulting business (The Thune Group) that has changed bases from SD to somewhere in the south and disappeared.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:57 PM  

  • I guess I beat you all Tommy is my Representative. I am only a Mom, Grandmom and housewife and never got too much involved with politics but when I read about the Marianas Islands I became IRATE! I called His local office in sugarland and asked the woman who answered the phone ( prob his wife) about it and she said she had no knowledge of it and it must be wrong because Mr. Delay is a champion of Human Rights. I told her then Mr. Delay should stand up and personally dispute the charges with facts. You know 10 years ago I sat by the sidelines watching my son play soccer on his "Field of Dreams" and now I am watching some of those same kids come home in flag draped coffins. Time has come for Soccer Moms and Grandmas to get on the field and off the sidelines! BetteBoop108

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:39 AM  

  • Back when DeLay's ethical troubles started becoming prominent in the news, I did write my congressman, the Dishonorable Scott Garrett (R-NJ) about DeLay. The response from Scott: DeLay is a fine upstanding member of Congress who has done nothing wrong and he fully supports DeLay. Although, I do feel that I should add that Garrett is also a Consumate Religious Right Partisan Bush Lackey supporting everything Bush dictates, so it's a blurred line between DeLay and Bush. He does not represent my district at all. This man is so pathetic that he doesn't even publish his voting record, for the constituents he is supposed to represent, on his own web site. I have to resort to the U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Votes site to get my information. I am so very ashamed of this man. He does not reflect the general view of my District and/or State of NJ.

    By Anonymous Theresa, at 11:28 AM  

  • I'm from Nevada. Good ole Jimmy Gibbons is acting representative. He's not MY representative. Only because I'm one of the Birkenstock wearing hippies he wants to send to Iraq as a human shield.
    I'm also a veteran so I have to say that this man is not fit to hold public office because I served every american while I was in the service, not just the ones that I agree with.
    Jimmy and Tom are the quintessential slime of the Neo-con movement. We have got to get rid of them as soon as possible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:31 PM  

  • Don't forget about David Vitter (R-LA), who moved from the House to the Senate with this Congress.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 AM  

  • Rodney was voting with Tom Delay long before his September party change, with the following bribes attached to the changea seat on theHouse Appropriations Committee and a seat on the National Transportation Board, his most recent braggings have been a @ million dollar grant to help improve the Ouachita River, yet he allowed for dumping of sewage up river in Arkansas earlier this year. As for the Honorable Mr. Vitter, ( i hate saying that he is fart from honorable) lets include him with Delay due to another 20,000 dollars he got through Abramhoff on Indian gambling, for the Jena Indian tribe. Then we can throw in Jindal and Boustany both receiving 15,000 each , then Richard Baker with 5,000, and jim Mccreary with 0 but getting large contributions from Wall Street for Social Security.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:22 PM  

  • In my state, we have the most awesome Congressman named Raul Grijalva. We also have a complete piece of shit Christo-Nazi corporate whore senator named Jon Kyl. You would have to see the contrast between Kyl and Grijalva to believe it. It's like comparing a saint to a demon. My representative Jim Kolbe is horrible, although not nearly as rotten to the core as Jon Kyl. I wish I could brag that Grijalva is representing me, but at least he's representing the state. I can't tell you how many Latinos and local bred Tucsonans love him. Ten to one odds say that Jon Kyl is on his knees sucking on Tom "the devil's rhino fucker" Delay's little pee pee. I guess that's all I have to say.

    By Blogger Citizen Milenko, at 1:25 AM  

  • Check out Congressman Jerry Weller from the 11th district in Illinois. I don't know why Democrats and all of his constituents are HOWLING about this guy.

    http://kankakeevoices2.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Kankakee Voice, at 3:48 PM  

  • I wrote to Rep. Simmons about renouncing Tom Delay and asked him to request Delay's resignation. This is a copy of the text of his letter. I told him that failure to do these things would impact on his bid for re-election.


    June 2, 2005


    Dear Gerald:

    Knowing your interest in the ethics controversy surrounding House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, I wanted to update you on a new development.

    You will be happy to know that on April 27 the House of Representatives voted 406 to 20 to reverse three controversial ethics rules adopted in January. I was proud to join the entire Connecticut delegation in voting for the reversal of these rule changes.

    I always opposed January’s changes to the House ethics rules, and my recent vote to repeal those three controversial rules is based upon my strong belief that the ethics rules which the House operated under last Congress have served the legislative body adequately and fairly.

    In the weeks leading up to the vote, I urged leaders of both political parties to put aside their partisan differences and come to an agreement to end the ethics impasse. I expect that the vote to reverse the rule changes should finally enable the House Ethics Committee to begin its investigation of allegations of ethical misconduct of Mr. DeLay and other members of Congress. These investigations are long overdue.

    Should you have any questions regarding this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact my staff or me.

    All the best,

    Rob Simmons
    Member of Congress
    Second Distict, Connecticut

    By Anonymous Gerry W., at 3:43 AM  

  • What's up? All I get when I click on indelayspocket.com is the headers - no names or other data.

    Mary

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

  • Why isn't Louie Gohmert up there?
    We live in one of the key districts in Texas that he won by the illegal gerrymandering of Delay; this caused the entire Democratic contigent in Dallas to flee to Ardmore, OK.
    Max Sandlin, the former incumbent is supposedly challenging this in court.
    Gohmert rates a 97.64% (apprx.). He got the max amount, too, for his extremely ugly campaign. Y'all need to be really focussing on Slick Louie, 'cause he's real ambtitious.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 PM  

  • Wish someone would look under a log and clarify further wether my congressman, Todd Aken, actualy functions as a representative or merely a tool of right wing conservative operatives. He hardly receives any press back home unless he's at some fundraiser for these aforementioned folks. Can anyone name any original piece of legislation that this dud has ever directly passed? This gentleman seems to be so impressed with his efforts to blend into the far right lunatic wing of his party that he appears to feel that he does't need to respond directly and publicly to critisim. Mr Akin seems to give and get all kinds of money that no one in our district owns up to giving or getting. I think that most of us folks in the district would love to see how much of his war chest comes from out of state corporations,PACs and other "conservative" interest groups he supports or votes for as our congressman. If anyone thinks DeLay is bad we should start looking at this guy even if, for now, he doesn't show signs of being a standard bearer/ leader.
    Akin is the worst kind of politician, silent but deadly. That is to say he seems to vote for the folks and groups that give him the most money,seldom makes waves,and never feels he has to justify himself to the voters in his so called safe district.

    By Blogger hawkeye, at 5:12 PM  

  • I see my Congressman from GA ranked
    in at #8. How ironic. Our State has the lowest SAT scores in the nation, yet my Congressman,Dr.Gingrey with his little beady-eyes and smug constipated look on his face, supports Delay and takes money from this fake, "God Fearing" man. ALL Congressman, Senators, Administration should be held accountable for their actions, and should be judged for who they are and who they support. Give every last one of them a lie detector test, and see what we have left after the results are given. I guarantee you there will be far more Democrats standing proud than the Almighty Republicans.

    By Anonymous GA Madman, at 8:40 PM  

  • Hate to sound like Mary Poppins, but my representatives here in California are great progressive legislators: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and Mike Thompson are good people. However, trying to get "specific" information is very often like pulling teeth. I've found it's better to check their website and if I don't find what I'm looking for, I say exactly what I do and do not think is OK and then ask for a response.

    If I weren't an avid CSPAN house/senate watcher and letter writer, and if I hadn't seen all these truly radical creeps with all their posturing, manipulative, deceptive and sleezy behavior with my own eyes, I'd be tempted to think no politician could be that bad. But they are--especially Cornyn and Kyle. It gives me hope to see people are paying attention and getting fed up!

    While I don't particularly like it, we are all living in this shining new global world, so I try to think and act both globally and locally by writing to both sides of the aisle. I write to Kennedy and get good feedback; my own reps of course and Reid; and, Lugar, Specter, Snowe, Chafee, Hagel, (possible swing votes) and Frist, Allard, Allen, Graham, Hatch, Sessions, Cornyn, Kyle, and other truly radical nasties on things like DeLay and the filibuster. They need to know that the world at large is watching them and doesn't buy their double-speak. I expect any day now they'll try to pass legislation to ban CSPAN.

    About Weller in IL, how DOES he get away with this? He needs some public light to air out his dirty laundry; I'm sure he's not shy about digging up dirt on his opponents. How did DeLay get away with it for SO long? Public apathy--in the beginning? Then he built a money-influence machine that just couldn't be stopped? We saw what he did to anyone who tried to buck him in the House. Why doesn't the public cry foul about the lobbyist money that's thrown around in all directions, not just to Tom DeLay? By the way, Jessee Jackson, speaking at the Campaign to Take Back America, said that the HOUSE is where it's at--the real power--I think he's right.

    I'm tryng to get a group together to do media watch and response from different regions of the country. Action E-lerts are indispensable but well-timed individual and personalized emails or letters also make a big impact.

    They've all got to go--let's all keep on writing and rallying and get them ALL out!

    By Anonymous Kimbrell, at 10:19 PM  

  • How can I verify the info on this rankings page? My rep is Mike Rogers and I work hard to get him out of there. However, a reporter asked me to verify that Rogers gave $5000 to the DeLay Legal Defense Fund, and I cannot. In fact, I found a good site that lists all the contributions,

    http://www.citizen.org/documents/

    Delay0426Tables.pdf

    but no Mike Rogers of Michigan (there's a Mike Rogers of Alabama who did contribute.) Anyone know any other site where I can confirm this (raw data, nothing with any hint of partisanship...)?

    By Anonymous RogersStinks, at 1:31 PM  

  • RogersStinks,

    When received a phone call about this earlier today, and double-checked our records. We were in fact in error, and we've corrected it. We sincerely apologize for the error. The raw data is linked from the methodology page for anyone else who doubts any fact. We would welcome any other questions -- though we've undergone a spot check of the data and haven't yet found any other errors. Again, we're sorry for the mistake.

    --David

    By Blogger David Donnelly, at 1:52 PM  

  • I have to agree 100% with "BettyBoop108" ... the mom, grandmom, wife, retired government worker, and also a grandmom who raised a grandson and sat on those same sidelines watching grandson in baseball and soccer. I finally got off MY duff and got involved in politics as well.
    Seems OUR representative, # TWO on this list, is going to run for governor of Colorado. I am going to do my best to get others involved so that they are not fooled by HIS lies and nastiness. He is not a nice man at all. Nor is he a great politician. If he likes to lie down with DeLay, he can stay down in the mud with him....just stop dragging the rest of this fine state down with you, Mr. Beauprez.
    He created his district and wasn't even elected....hummm, sort of sounds like someone else we all know who wasn't elected twice...
    I too watch CSpan daily...pass up my soaps to watch it now...this representative claims he is for saving social security and helping seniors, yet he is totally against the bills I am helping to work on getting repealed. PLUS, he loves Bush's Social Security Privatization ...

    I am fed up with these politicians...and they are all alike, regardless of party affiliation. I was quite surprised to see that even Joel Hefly, who DeLay booted from the Ethics Committee, even gave that boob $20.00. That's $20.00 too much.
    CSpanFan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:56 PM  

  • I am reminded of something I heard while listening to a report on France and the Netherlands rejecting the EU constitution, that the people see the politicians as out of touch and corrupt. I don't think that's a local phenomenon. I also don't think thats far from the truth. The caption here says it all, the laws go to the highest bidder. Votes are counted by law. Wars are started by law. Even taxes are laws. It seems there is nothing that money can't buy. I spit in the faces of all politicians.

    By Anonymous Priapus, at 11:16 PM  

  • This site is full of crap

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:41 PM  

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    By Blogger Mike, at 3:08 PM  

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    By Blogger Dave, at 8:26 PM  

  • I called Rick Renzi's office today and got an answering machine message which hung up on me. I sent him email message with the message I wanted to tell him about returning Delays money or join the ranks of the corrupt. I asked him to send me a letter explaining his views on this matter. I will wait for his reponse.

    By Blogger Jeanne Wood, at 10:11 PM  

  • Here's the letter I wrote tonight to THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE about my own Congressman, John Culberson. I had already called Culberson's Houston and Washington offices.

    The Editors,

    After learning of Mr. DeLay's second indictment, I called the office of my own Congressman, John Culberson. I had read that Rep. Culberson had received $5000 from Mr. DeLay. But the secretary in Mr. Culberson's Washington office said she was not allowed to comment on the matter. Next I called John Culberson's Houston office, where a staff member was honest enough to admit that indeed Mr. Culberson received $5000 from Mr. DeLay. Given the recent indictments, I asked if Rep. Culberson would now return the money. Well, you can imagine the response I received. And it's sad because this goes to the heart of the ongoing congressional ethics problem.

    It's shameful that Rep. Culberson cannot make a public statement on Mr. DeLay's problems, his own relationship with Mr. DeLay, or about being a personal recipient of what may well be tainted cash. Until Mr. Culberson shows some responsibility, what are his constituents supposed to think?

    Christopher

    By Anonymous Christopher, at 12:05 AM  

  • I contacted Rep. Dave Weldon's office (R-Fla) and was told that they have been told by representatives of the Ethics Committee that they are not allowed to discuss campaign finance matters at the taxpayers' expense, and since she (the woman answering the phone) is paid by the taxpayers, she could not even take my message. She gave me the address of Dr. Weldon's campaign finance office - "Friends of Dave Weldon" - but would not give out the phone number because "the office is not staffed during normal business hours." Huh?? I guess that's appropriate - if I ran a campaign with tainted money I sure wouldn't want the light of day to shine on me either! Nor would I want to be available for comment.

    By Anonymous B Worthy, at 12:21 PM  

  • I'm from Ohio and noticed that we are way down the list... and I'm upset. The democrats need to learn a lesson here, we won't allow good Americans to be beat by politically motivated DAs just because Republicans can't be beat at the polls by dems. America is waking up to the moral ROT being propagated by the leftists known as democrats in this country. SHAME ON YOU LEFTISTS....... YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THE SUPREME COURT, YOUR LAST BASTION OF POWER, AND THAT POWER WILL BE RETURNED TO THE PEOPLE WHERE IT BELONGS....... SORRY LEFTIST SOCIALISTS, HA HA HA HA HA HA YOU ARE A JOKE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:29 PM  

  • Well, being from Colorado is embarrasing anyway because of the existence of Tom Tancredo. But we really hit the swine jackpot with Bob Beauprez and Tancredo.
    Yo! Democrats! Don't be afraid to call these guys out! The Republican agenda is nefarious-- not conservative, not "moral," not redeemable. It's evil, greedy, morally bankrupt and reprehensible -- and must be ground into the dust by people of good will. Now get out there and vote, will ya?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:00 PM  

  • I'm curious about the $20 DeLay donations...could these be a mistake? For Boehner & Pryce of Ohio for example? I wonder if these are really $20G. What's with the 20-bucks?

    By Anonymous Lynwaz, at 2:01 PM  

  • Our undistinguished nonrepresentative Adderholt from 4th District in Alabama is ranked #5--he's definitely DeLay's man! Hopefully voters here will wake up and do something about him next time around.

    By Anonymous Herman, at 2:33 PM  

  • Wisconsin Congressional Disrict 1 is represented...poorly...by Paul Ryan. Ryan recieved approx $25,000 from DeLay. Not too long after the DeLay indictments, Paul Ryan said He wished he could "give the money back...but it was too late. Already spent." However, Paul Ryan has banked over a million dollars to his re-election fund. Think he'll "dip" in to THAT money and pay back DeLay's contributions? Neither does Wisconsin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:14 PM  

  • My Friend wrote a letter to Dave Camp, R. 4th District, Michigan asking about the $225.00 he received from ARMPAC. The response was that Dave "never" received any money from DeLay.
    He has yet to answer my letter.

    By Anonymous Deanna, at 10:55 AM  

  • I am really not happy to see our representative, Anne Northup, on the list. I have always thought of her as an honest person, who does the best she can for our (conservative) state. So, she was the lone Kentucky Republican I chose to support. I really hope she will give back any money that is associated with Delay and his ilk, and stop defending him. Kentucky does not need to be seen as associated with corruption.

    By Anonymous Claudia Ehrler, at 12:22 PM  

  • You can eliminate Randy Cunningham from your list, he has resigned, and is due to be sentenced for accepting bribes soon. The dominoes are starting to fall, let's just hope we can find more sparrows to help.

    By Anonymous Dick, Mississippi, at 3:09 PM  

  • The apartment Weller doesn't live in is actually in Morris. Campaign aides take turns putting cars in the drive way so that it looks like someone is there. He also has an expensive condo in Chicago.

    Weller votes with Delay 98% of the time. Delay must occasionally vote against Guatemalen interests.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:31 PM  

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