Friday, September 30, 2005

Update on petition demanding DeLay's resignation from Congress

The indicted DeLay had to step down as Majority Leader. But we think he ought to resign from Congress. We launched a petition to force him to resign, and we just crossed 37,000 citizens. Help us reach 40,000 signatures. Sign today!

We're also building a response fund. You can make a donation here to hold DeLay and his allies in Congress accountable.

23 Comments:

  • Another candidate for a resignation - Lamar Smith (R) TX21!

    With the indictment Wednesday 9/28 of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) Texas CD 22, it seems inevitable that the House Ethics Committee will face the responsibility of investigating DeLay’s questionable ethical activities and conduct.

    Americans should demand that there be a fair and thorough investigation to insure the integrity of the House of Representatives and to provide full disclosure of the findings from an investigation.

    To insure that such an investigation will not be limited or incomplete, I believe Lamar Smith, TX 21, must step down from his seat on the House Ethics Committee.

    Lamar Smith has extremely close ties to Tom DeLay. He has been involved in fundraising efforts for TRMPAC, the DeLay front group that has been under investigation and is now facing indictment for funneling illegal corporate campaign contributions to Republican candidates in the Texas Legislature. Lamar Smith has contributed $10,000.00 to Tom DeLay’s legal defense fund. Lamar Smith took away a seat on the House Ethics Committee from a Republican who had voted to admonish Tom DeLay. Smith at a recent Town Hall Meeting in Austin Texas when asked about his support of Tom DeLay said “Tom DeLay is a friend of mine”. Recently under extreme pressure from the national media, when asked what he would do if Tom DeLay was brought before the Ethics Committee, Smith said he would recuse himself.
    Recusing himself is not good enough. Smith must step down and allow an unprejudiced member of the House take the position, so that there will be a full committee effectively examining all the issues related to Tom DeLay’s questionable ethical activities and behavior.

    Smith must not allow the honesty and integrity of TX 21st District to be tarnished by even the hint of impropriety. Wonder if he understands that and will do the right thing?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:00 PM  

  • Wait....Don't go after Lamar Smith please!!!!


    WWWAIT!!!!! He doesn't deserve it, can't you just write him a nasty letter?

    "It's easy to criticize someone, someone who assumes all risks, someone who takes responsibility with vision, someone who sees where money can be made.

    "Taking dinosaurs off this island is the worst idea, in the history of bad ideas and I'm going to be there when you learn that."

    I ripped that off from that movie The Lost World, but the point is......I did it all for a good cause!!!!

    Texas and the country is better off under all these republicans, you must know it!

    Tom Delay

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  • What a wonderful invention it is, this thing we call the Internet!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:16 PM  

  • It'll be thrown out and then the state will convict me again, alongside Jack Abramoff when Abramoff sings on everybody!!!

    Tom Delay

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:29 PM  

  • You have an astonishing number of blagh whores in your comment thread. I linked through from Crooks & Liars and will be happy to sign the petition. You might have better success if you went door to door in Sugarland, I understand those people are really pissed.

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    By Blogger TS, at 8:39 PM  

  • Please - go to Blogger settings and check off "Show word verification for comments". This will prevent all these bozos from automatically attaching advertising comments to your blog. Seeing that stuff is really annoying.

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    By Blogger Dream Builder, at 9:28 PM  

  • You guys want to see corruption....

    Here's corruption falling from every direction.

    "Family connections have also helped Rep. Blunt’s son, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, who received campaign contributions from nearly three dozen influential Missouri lobbyists and lawyers when he ran for governor of Missouri in 2004, half of whom had provided financial support to his father.

    In 2000, when Matt Blunt was running for Secretary of State, Rep. Blunt was involved in an apparent scheme to funnel money through a local party committee into Matt Blunt’s campaign committee. Committees tied to Rep. Blunt contributed $90,000 to the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee which, in turn, contributed $76,000 to Matt Blunt’s campaign committee. In addition, Altria – the company for which Blunt’s wife is the top lobbyist – made a $24,000 contribution to Matt Blunt’s campaign, and a $100,000 contribution to the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee.
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    Legislative Assistance for Jack Abramoff’s Client

    Rep. Blunt and his staff have close connections to uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is the subject of criminal and congressional probes. In June 2003, Mr. Abramoff persuaded Majority Leader Tom DeLay to organize a letter, co-signed by Speaker Hastert, Whip Roy Blunt, and Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, that endorsed a view of gambling law benefitting Mr. Abramoff’s client, the Louisiana Coushatta, by blocking gambling competition by another tribe. Mr. Abramoff has donated $8,500 to Rep. Blunt’s leadership PAC, Rely on Your Beliefs."


    http://www.beyonddelay.org/beyond_delay/rep_roy_blunt_r_mo

    "This second case suggests that the funneling of large amounts of money through national committees to bypass state campaign-finance laws may be more widespread, raising questions about whether federal officials have monitored such transfers as closely as is now being done by a Texas prosecutor in the DeLay case, according to watchdog groups.

    Indeed, the groups maintain that officials, especially those at the Federal Election Commission, routinely fail to investigate questionable transactions. ''The limits are constantly being tested because people operate on the assumption that the enforcement agency isn't going to do anything about it," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, which wants stricter campaign finance laws.

    One of Abramoff's top clients was a Mississippi Indian tribe, the Choctaws, which hoped to stop or slow the expansion of legalized gambling in neighboring Alabama. Shortly after Scanlon delivered the $500,000 from his company, Capitol Campaign Strategies, the Republican Party sent $600,000 to Bob Riley, the Republican candidate for governor of Alabama. Riley opposed the expansion of gambling and thus was favored in the election by the Choctaws. Scanlon, in addition to having once worked for DeLay, also had once worked as a staff member for Riley.

    Riley won the election, defeating Governor Don Siegelman, who favored an expansion of legalized gambling. ''It looks to me that somebody wanted to hide where this money was coming from," Siegelman said of the $500,000 that went to his rival.

    ''It is similar" to the DeLay case, said Melanie Sloan, director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, arguing that that donation's purpose, as in the DeLay case, was to bypass state laws."

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/10/01/rnc_donation_raises_questions_on_federal_monitoring

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:05 AM  

  • It's astonishing to me to see that so many brainwashed Bushies actually believe that this whole thing is a big scary left wing conspiracy. And that Bill Frist really didn't have a clue what was going on in the company his daddy and brother run. It's all just coincidences!

    Well, brazen refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing has been working great for them so far... we can't keep letting them get away with it.

    Sincerely,
    Liberty

    By Blogger Liberty, at 9:06 AM  

  • DeLay and company may have even gotten away with murder ... or at least think they may.. with arrogance and broad connections within the power base of control DeLay has the viracity to speak out against those who are so despicable as to arrest a man of such great power ...
    Power of such enormous latitude that the populace cannot imagine..power even more so greater than the Ramseys ( who if you recall found their daughter murdered in the basement of their house)..
    POWER so great that our country is doomed if this POWER ARROGANCE AND CONTROL IS not corrected soon...

    By Blogger ron, at 12:00 PM  

  • Hello everyone!

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16201986&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=keep-it-sealed-keep-it-secret--name_page.html

    This is what Tom Delay is up to!

    Tom

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:18 PM  

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