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April 30, 2005

Corrupt Is As Corrupt Does II

-- by Dave Johnson

Lawmaker Should Step Aside in DeLay Inquiry, Groups Say,

Campaign watchdog groups said on Friday that it would be inappropriate for Representative Melissa A. Hart to oversee any potential inquiry of the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, because she had received $15,000 from his political action committee and held a fund-raiser at a restaurant owned by a Republican lobbyist at the center of a growing corruption scandal.

Ms. Hart, a Pennsylvania Republican, has been named by the House ethics committee chairman to look into accusations about Mr. DeLay, who is under scrutiny for overseas trips organized by Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist. Mr. Abramoff's far-reaching political work is now the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. Campaign records filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Ms. Hart held a fund-raising event at his restaurant, Signatures, in Washington.

If you live in Rep. Hart's Pennsylvania district, please call her office and ask her to step aside from this inquiry. If fact, ask her to resign for not stepping aside after taking $15,000 from Delay.

Posted by Dave Johnson at April 30, 2005 4:39 PM

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Talk about conflict of interest! And how come they keep getting away with it??!

Posted by: Helga Fremlin at May 2, 2005 2:12 PM

They keep getting away with it because we don't have anyone in power or in the mainstream media with the courage to confront them. This will continue to escalate until we overwhelm those in power with letters and phone calls to place them in a position of either finding the courage to band together and put an end to this outlandish behavior or get voted out.

Posted by: Jane Algozzini at May 4, 2005 7:32 AM

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