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Thursday, October 06, 2005

MT-AL: Dennis Rehberg Keeping Tainted Money

Posted by Bob Brigham

Montana's lone Congressman Denny Rehberg is taking heat in the local papers for refusing to give back corrupt money. Rep. Rehberg is so out of touch with Montana values he doesn't even seem to have a sense of shame about the devil's money he received for his role in the GOP Culture of Corruption. David Sirota says:

It isn't surprising that Rehberg refuses to give back the tainted money from his indicted leader. As Montana Democratic Party executive director Jim Farrell notes, "It's a lot of money, and it's a lot of money in Montana" - meaning Rehberg is going to do everything he can to hold onto it, no matter how dirty it is.

But what is surprising is that Rehberg doesn't even see why he might CONSIDER giving it back in the first place. As Rehberg's chief of staff said, "There is absolutely no reason for him to return the money."

No reason? No reason? A Texas grand jury INDICTED DeLay for his use of PAC money - isn't that reason enough? The answer is yes, at least for some Republicans who have a sense of shame. As the Tribune notes, "at least two Republican House members — Reps. Jeb Bradley of New Hampshire and Heather Wilson of New Mexico — have decided to return campaign contributions received from DeLay's [PAC]." So has Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) - he gave DeLay's dirty money to charity.

Rehberg's refusal to objectively evaluate the world around him - and realize that pocketing money from someone under indictment is wrong - proves that the GOP is ever more out of touch with reality, only interested in protecting their own corrupt fiefdom in Washington. If other Republicans behave like this, we really could see a Democratic tidal wave in 2006.

Indeed. Take a minute to vote in the Great Falls Tribune poll on the matter.

Rehberg is being challenged by Monica Lindeen.

Use the comments to report other instances where crooked politicians are keep Tom DeLay's dirty money.

Posted at 03:11 PM in Montana | Technorati

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The Sirota link isn't working. How much $$$ are we talking about here?

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 6, 2005 03:59 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I believe it is around $20,000

Posted by: Andy_Duphrane [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 7, 2005 10:44 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Here at take19 http://take19.blogspot.com/2005/09/give-it-back.html
we are asking Sue Kelly (NY CD19) to Give it Back... her more than $12,000 !! Some local LTE's are getting published with such titles as: ". . . Did PAC influence Kelly's voting record?"

Posted by: am [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2005 10:15 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment