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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:49 AM
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GOP Money raised to help minorities rerouted
When Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Tex.) took charge of an independent political fund called American Dream PAC in 1999, he made clear that its mission was "to give significant, direct financial assistance to first-rate minority GOP candidates."

Since then, only $48,750 -- or 8.9 percent -- of the $547,000 the southwest Texas congressman has raised for his political action committee has gone to minority office-seekers while more than $100,000 has been routed to Republican Party organizations or causes, including a GOP redistricting effort in Texas, a legal defense fund for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) and Bonilla's reelection campaign. Most of the remainder of the money went to legal fees, fundraisers in Miami and other cities, airline tickets, hotels, catering services, consultants and salaries.

Republican and Democratic members of Congress have used independent "leadership PACs" to spread their influence, and in recent years hundreds have been set up. Such PACs enable lawmakers to multiply contributions from special interests and legally avoid the limits set on personal campaign funds. But Bonilla's comes with a twist: It's one of the few PACs, some experts say, that has not lived up to its clear mission statement.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56171-20...
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:55 AM
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1. Make it honest
By pounding those candidates and that party into a true minority status. Not only will they be protected from themselves but the mission statement will clear legal muster.
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