Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Worthy cause of the day


I’m sitting here waiting for a statistics guru to show up so I can ask him a question, and I thought I’d use some of this time towards distributing information on a worthy cause.

MoveOn PAC has yet another petition up. This one is titled “Fire Tom DeLay”, and it asks for Tom DeLay’s removal as Majority Leader due to an ever-lengthening list of transgressions. If I may quote MoveOn PAC’s list of what he did:
  • Accepted trips from corporations and later helped kill legislation they opposed
  • Accepted trips from the lobbyist for a foreign government in violation of House rules
  • Paid family members more than $500,000 out of campaign contributions
  • Helped sweatshops in the Mariana Islands at the behest of a lobbyist.
  • Promised a role in drafting legislation to a corporate donor
  • Tried to coerce a Congressman for a vote on Medicare
  • Allegedly used corporate money given to his PAC to finance Texas campaigns in violation of state law
  • Used Homeland Security resources in a dispute with Democrats in Texas
  • Diverted funds from a children's charity for lavish celebrations at the Republican convention
  • Threatened retaliation against interest groups that don't support Republicans
  • Stacked the House Ethics Committee with representatives who have contributed to his legal defense fund
  • Crippled the effectiveness of the House Ethics Committee by purging members who had rebuked him
  • Pushed for a rules change for the House Ethics process that paralyzed the panel
  • Sought a rule change that would have no longer "required leaders to step aside temporarily if indicted"
DeLay has also apparently paid many Representatives out of his own PAC. You can find out how much your Representative has received from DeLay Rankings. Thank you for attention and action.

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