Thursday, October 06, 2005

Holding on to the money

A number of recipients of the indicted former Majority Leader's ARMPAC contributions are refusing to give back money.

Meghan wrote about Reps. Jean Schmidt and Geoff Davis. And there's Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana. And the South Carolina GOP delegation. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's decision is a matter of scrutiny. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will keep it. And so on. (Feel free to post more articles about this in the comments.)

Most of these members of Congress received $5,000, $10,000, or maybe $25,000 or so from ARMPAC. Not huge amounts for, say, Sen. Thune, who raised $16.25 million in his 2004 race for Senate, and has already brought in $1.5 million since then. Are members willing to take the heat just out of loyalty to a member of Congress who might not be around much longer?

If it's not about the money, is it fear of DeLay? or the conservative base which has rallied around him?

My hunch is that no one wants to begin the stampede in earnest. Reps. Bradley (R-NH), Wilson (R-NM), and Hulshof (R-MO) have already moved to get rid of the tainted money. Two of these, though, are in competitive seats in 2006. Loyalists or turncoats, some GOP members are gonna have to make some tough decisions about whether standing by DeLay gets them more campaign cash and ground troops in order to overcome the negative of holding on to a few thousand dollars.

UPDATE: A reader forwarded to me a link to a letter to the editor from Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) responding to a Post-Dispatch editorial as another example...

6 Comments:

  • DeLay won't be convicted. It took Earle constantly calling up new people to indict to get the first indictment. Once the first was gotten, then it became news which influenced how people thought on the matter. Once it becomes a trial, the defense has a say in juror selection, hence Earle will be unable to pack 12 democrats onto the Jury.

    By Blogger mokru, at 9:33 PM  

  • Well at least Earle has true American pride to go after these parasites that are currently in office. It's not about 12 Democrats on the jury it's about 12 Americans who will see the truth about the un-fair politics that DeLay has done. This will bring the "hammer" on the whole GOP party. Thank God !! I hope it goes higher to Adolf Bush himself. Your actually still sticking up for them? Poor soul I hope you don't bring your hatred to anyone in hast of the faction you represent. That's what Bush has done to you. He has made the Republican party racists' with no sense of education and fairness for American's.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:21 AM  

  • Sorry mokru, but you've just buried yourself in the same lies and same violations as Delay (and probably need to be in the same prison)

    No evidence and no way that the Jury is convinced?

    Full transcripts prove that Delay was well aware of every transaction and law that was broken beforehand.

    Complete mess of documented evidence on Delay's scandals and violations

    The prosecution got a hold of new evidence many of which are displayed on that site, and was able to easily show it before the Fort Bend County Grand Jury.

    Now note that there are two prosecutors: Prosecutor Earle(Democrat) and Prosecutor Healey(Republican) who have viewed the evidence in totality before Juries.

    They are in total agreement about current and past law violations, and it was just about as close to air-tight as you can come.

    He can sing his defense to the Jury.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:10 AM  

  • Funny how they always call Republicans Nazis but it's always liberals who call for imprisonment of everyone who disagrees with them.

    By Blogger mokru, at 12:29 PM  

  • Delay did the same thing to "people who disagreed" with him without breaking the law.

    He threatened democrats on an airplane flight and brought them back home for a closed vote, and twisted all their arms to pass harmful medicare bills.

    He's a whore to the highest bidder, in this case Abramoff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:23 PM  

  • Funny how those Democrats were required to be present by state law, yet they refused to do so simply to avoid having a quarum. If you want to discuss harmfull, how about a handful of democrats thwarting the democratic process by breaking the law?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:48 PM  

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