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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:17 AM
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DeLay raises more corporate $ in last qtr than any other reporting period.
Regardless of his besieged status, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay managed to raise more money from corporate interests in the last quarter than any other reporting period in his career, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Between April 1 and June 30, DeLay succeeded in raising $800,000 in contributions which had one analyst noting the fact that "corporate special interests are undeterred by the ethical cloud over Rep. DeLay." The analyst continued, "This shows how mercenary politics has become under his partisan leadership. Political powerbrokers have checked their consciences at the door. Imagine the message this sends to Americans: The more you epitomize the most corrupt Congress, the more corporate special contributors rally around you."

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=50513

Washington Lawyers Rally Around Embattled Leader; New Campaign Finance Report Highlights Biggest Contributors to Tom DeLay

7/19/2005 12:28:00 PM


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To: National and State Desks

Contact: Toby Chaudhuri of the Campaign for America's Future, 202-955-5665 ext. 133

WASHINGTON, July 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Majority Leader Tom DeLay raised more money from corporate interests in the last quarter than any other reporting period in his career, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Rep. DeLay reported nearly $800,000 in contributions from political action committees and individual contributors between April 1 and June 30. He received very little money from leadership PACs, candidate committees and conservative interest groups.

Campaign for America's Future Deputy Director Ellen Miller noted that corporate special interests are undeterred by the ethical cloud over Rep. DeLay.

"This shows how mercenary politics has become under his partisan leadership," said Miller. "Political powerbrokers have checked their consciences at the door. Imagine the message this sends to Americans: The more you epitomize the most corrupt Congress, the more corporate special contributors rally around you."

Rep. DeLay's leading contributors include Amgen, the world's largest biotech company, and IDT, a telecommunications wholesaler. Amgen gave Rep. DeLay $12,500 and IDT gave him $11,000. Rep. DeLay last year went on a $3,500 one-day trip to Philadelphia, paid for by IDT.

Amgen's Washington lobbyists include Tony Rudy at the Alexander Strategy Group. Rudy, a former member of Rep. DeLay's staff, heads Amgen's Medicare reform team. Washington lobbyists Allison Shulman and Edward Stewart of the Alexander Strategy Group also contributed to Rep. DeLay. The Alexander Strategy Group is headed by Rep. DeLay's former chief of staff, Ed Buckham.

Pharmaceutical companies gave Rep. DeLay $40,000 and Wall Street firms gave him $38,000. Most of Rep. DeLay's money came from the real estate, construction and legal industries. Real estate companies gave $52,350, construction gave $48,280 and lawyers and law firms gave $43,615.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A complete copy of the analysis and tables can be found at http://www.ourfuture.org .

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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:20 AM
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1. Did he, or is he just reporting it now??? n/t
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48pan Donating Member (957 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:30 AM
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2. IMHO, this illustrates the flaw in Democratic tactics
We have been spending all of our time demonizing a few people in the Republican party instead of shouting a clear, coherent Democratic policy.

Even if we get DeLay, Rove, Libby and a few others, it won't change anything. It will remove three or four individuals but won't help us get a majority.

Anybody we don't get, will be a folk hero with the right-wingers and will be able to raise incredible amounts of money. DeLay and Rove are already doing that.

In 1996 we proved that negativity doesn't gain votes. We were positive back then. Now, we have turned into the negative whiners.

In my opinion, we must come up with our own contract with America (or whatever you want to call it) and get out there and sell it. Let's create a positive, hopeful message that makes people feel good.

Let's give people a reason to vote FOR the Democratic party instead of voting against the Republicans. "We hate Bush" is not a proper political platform.
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