Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Four Watchdog Groups, Constituents Call on Hastert to Appoint Outside Counsel

Public Campaign today partnered with Common Cause, Public Citizen, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and two dozen of Rep. Hastert's constituents in calling on the Speaker of the House to appoint an outside counsel to investigate the House lobbying scandals surrounding Reps. DeLay, Cunningham, Ney and others.

You can read the full letter that was faxed to Hastert here.

You might recall that a few weeks ago, we sent letters to House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Ranking Member Alan Mollahan (D-W. Va.) asking them to restore public confidence in the House of Representatives by appointing an outside counsel to investigate the scandals involving Jack Abramoff and Republic Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). Not surprisingly, neither Hastings nor Mollahan responded to their constituents or us, so we decided to make an appeal to their boss.

Apparently, word of the letter got to Hastert before the letter itself did. You can read their pre-emptive response in David's blog below.

The letter coincided with the launch of drive time radio ads that Common Cause is running in Hastert's district. You can listen to the ad here.

And as the American public's faith in Congress sinks to levels not seen since the House Banking Scandals of 1994, how does the Republican Majority respond? By attempting to pass the "Make Congress More Corrupt" bill which would give even greater power to super-wealthy donors. The Pence-Wynn bill has already passed out of Rep. Ney's committee and will probably come to a vote before July 4th. Click here to demand that your Congressperson oppose this destructive legislation. So far, nearly 8,000 people have contacted their representatives to voice their disgust at these attempts to further remove regular people from the Democratic process.


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