Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Drop the Hammer

The Progress Report - American Progress Action Fund reports:
It's a big day for the ethically challenged Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) today, with two front page stories in national newspapers dealing with different scandals. One bombshell detonated on the front page of today's Washington Post: according to four different people with firsthand knowledge of the vacation, a six-day trip to Moscow DeLay took in 1997 was 'underwritten by business interests lobbying in support of the Russian government.' (Remember, the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives on Gifts and Travel state that 'a Member, officer or employee may not accept travel expenses from 'a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign principal.'') Not to be outdone, the New York Times fronts its own DeLay disgrace. According to records, since 2001, DeLay's wife and daughter have been paid over a half million dollars by DeLay's political action and campaign committees.

TELL CORPORATE AMERICA TO DROP THE HAMMER: Believe it or not: you might be subsidizing Tom DeLay's legal defense when you buy an airline ticket, make a phone call or have a happy hour cocktail. A network of large corporate backers — including American Airlines, Verizon and Bacardi — have poured thousands into Tom DeLay's legal defense trust. It's time for this to stop. Visit Drop the Hammer and send a message to these corporations to stop enabling Tom DeLay's unethical behavior. Let these corporations know that unless they stop supporting Tom DeLay, you'll stop supporting them.

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