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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

TX-22: Drop the Hammer

Posted by Bob Brigham

Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay is one day closer to a perp walk. Today, both the New York Times and Washington Post broke new ground in the Republican corruption scandal.

And now there is a new website:


The website is targeting the corporation funding the corruption Majority Leader:

Tell Corporate America to Drop the Hammer House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is widely regarded as the most powerful member of Congress. DeLay's abuse of this power has encircled him in a web of scandal. He has already been admonished three times by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee and a political action committee he set up in Texas is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation.

A network of large corporate backers have come, cash-in-hand, to DeLay's defense. American Airlines, Bacardi USA, Nissan USA, RJ Reynolds, and Verizon have all contributed thousands to Tom DeLay's Legal Defense Fund.

Send a message to these corporations and tell them to stop enabling Tom DeLay's unethical behavior. Let these corporations know that unless they stop supporting Tom DeLay, you'll stop supporting them.

The website has an easy-to-use form to send the following letter:

Dear [Company]:

I am writing concerning [Company's] contribution of $[XXXX] to Tom DeLay's Legal Expense Trust.

The bi-paritsan House Ethics Committee has rebuked Tom DeLay three times. DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee is the subject of a grand jury investigation for money laundering and illegal campaign contributions. Three of DeLay's closest associates have already been indicted.

Everyday the accounts of Tom DeLay's corruption get worse and worse. Prominent conservative voices, such as the Wall Street Journal editorial page, are saying that Tom DeLay has gone too far.

As a consumer, it's unacceptable to me for your company to support Tom DeLay's unethical behavior. It is time to restore ethics in Washington. It is time to demand more of our politicians.

You can restore my confidence in your company by:

(1) providing an explanation of why your company contributed to Tom DeLay's Legal Expense Trust;

(2) pledging that you won't donate any more money to Tom DeLay's Legal Expense Trust; and

(3) formally requesting that Tom DeLay's Legal Expense Trust return the money you have already contributed

I look forward to a response from you on this important matter.

Thank you.

I used their form to voice my displeasure. You should too.

Posted at 03:20 PM in 2006 Elections, 2006 Elections - House, Activism, Texas | Technorati


I agree with Matt Yglesias - we don't want the Hammer gone. Or rather, we don't want him booted so quickly that we gain nothing from it, ala Trent Lott.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2005 06:27 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment