Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Taking Out Tom DeLay

Got this in my e-mail:

Dear Phoenix Woman, We just announced a multiple-congressional district television ad buy to put Republican politicians on the hot-seat for defending Tom DeLay's corruption. HELP RUN THIS AD! But, within hours, it was reported that radical right groups are circling the wagons around Tom DeLay and trying to shore up support among Congressional Republicans with grassroots campaigns in similar districts as the ones we're targeting. This is a battle for public opinion and we need your help to win it. Help us run hard-hitting TV ads demanding that three targeted members of Congress -- Reps. Rob Simmons (CT), Tom Reynolds (NY), and Doc Hastings (WA) -- join our call for DeLay to resign. You support will also help us match DeLay's allies by expanding our ads to other districts around the country. Please make a donation for $50, $100, or more, today. Let me tell you what I think is at stake. We know DeLay has to go. He's a walking scandal, an embarrassment to our democratic ideals, and he has dragged Congress into private matters to divert attention away from the ethics scandals swirling around him. But, as a colleague of mine said in the New York Times today, a fish rots from the head, and DeLay is certainly the symbol of all the money-rot in Congress. If he is allowed by Republicans to stay, it gives all the big money politicians and their lobbyist friends freedom to buy and sell policy at will. That's why we have to win this fight. The stakes are too high. Donate to help run these ads, and spread them to other districts. It's a fight we can win. Cracks have already appeared in DeLay's conservative foundation. The Wall Street Journal editorialized on Monday against him. Last week the conservative San Diego Union-Tribune called for him to step down. Since launching this campaign, 20,000 Americans have signed our petition, and tens of thousands more have taken action through other organizations. Reps. Simmons, Hastings, and Reynolds need to hear from us. Make a donation and help run these ads. With your help, we'll strike a blow to the corrosive pay-to-play system worshipped by Tom DeLay. Thanks, David Donnelly Public Campaign Action Fund P.S. If you'd prefer to send a check in the mail, send it to Public Campaign Action Fund, 1320 19th Street, NW, Suite M-1, Washington, DC 20036. Contributions to Public Campaign Action Fund are not tax-deductible.
You know what to do.

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