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Oct 05, 2005

TOO HOT IN THE KITCHEN: Republicans From Around the Country Take Heat for DeLay Ties

DCCC Press

Oct 5, 2005

TOO HOT IN THE KITCHEN: Republicans From Around the Country Take Heat for DeLay Ties

More than 20 articles below just a sample of the news stories on Republican Members of Congress being forced to answer whether they will keep DeLay’s money or give it back following his two indictments

Incumbent Republican members of Congress from around the country have been forced to answer for Tom DeLay in a week when the former Majority Leader has been indicted twice.

“Though Tom DeLay’s scandals were once just a beltway story, they now reach into every state in the country through local newspapers, radio programs and news broadcasts. As DeLay is dragged through the mud of his political scandals, he is dragging all of his Republican colleagues with him,” said DCCC communications director Bill Burton. “Front page stories, opinion page editorials and news articles across the nation show overwhelmingly that the infamous culture of corruption that Tom DeLay has fostered is a major problem for Republican incumbents all over America.”

From national and local news articles on Republican ties to DeLay:

USA Today - Republicans may return DeLay's PAC funds (September 29, 2005): Reps. Jeb Bradley and Heather Wilson said they would return contributions from Americans for a Republican Majority, the political action committee DeLay started to help elect GOP candidates to Congress. Republicans "have to answer to their voters for why they think that Tom DeLay's contributions are so important that they refused to part with them," DCCC spokesman Bill Burton said.

Buffalo News - Democrats demand return of funds to DeLay (October 4, 2005): The State Democratic Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Rep. Reynolds, should return $1,517 he received from DeLay's political action committee and Rep. Kuhl, should give back $20,000 he received. The DCCC said three Republicans have decided to return campaign funds they got from DeLay: Reps. Bradley, Wilson, Hulsof.

Manchester Journal-Inquirer - Simmons rebuffs latest Courtney demand for return of DeLay PAC's donations (October 4, 2005): Courtney, charged today that DeLay's two indictments in Texas for conspiracy and money laundering leave Simmons "out of excuses" for not returning the money. Courtney said the charges against the Republican leader "reaffirm that, by his close alliance with DeLay, Rob Simmons is sending a terrible message about ethical conduct and honest leadership to the people of eastern Connecticut."

Charleston Gazette - Capito keeping ARMPAC money (October 5, 2005): Rep. Capito, said Tuesday that she has no immediate plans to return $48,500 she has received from DeLay’s ARMPAC. Capito has been one of the top recipients of money from DeLay’s ARMPAC since the 2000 election cycle. Bill Burton, a spokesman for the DCCC, said, “West Virginia families deserve to know why it is that ... Capito refuses to return money from indicted Congressman Tom DeLay. ...”

Kansas City Star - What DeLay directed his way, Hulshof gave away (October 5, 2005): Among Missouri and Kansas Republicans in Congress, Rep. Kenny Hulshof so far stands alone. Hulshof, redirected the campaign contributions he received from Tom DeLay’s PAC over the years to the Bush-Clinton hurricane relief fund. “(Hulshof) felt that it was better to disassociate himself from the situation,” said Scott Baker, Hulshof’s spokesman.

AP - Democrats: GOP congressmen should return DeLay money (October 5, 2005): The state Democratic Party called on Republicans in South Carolina's congressional delegation to return money they received from Tom DeLay's PAC and asked Rep. Wilson to return contributions from a recent event DeLay attended. "Our Republican congressmen need to separate themselves from Tom DeLay and his serious legal and ethical problems," said state Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin. "Tom DeLay's money is tainted, and these congressmen should give it back - now."

Cincinnati Post - Groups: Return DeLay donations (October 5, 2005): At least two political organizations are trying to use former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's legal troubles to spur voters to action related to their members of Congress, including two from the tri-state. The groups are asking residents to contact their U.S. representative and ask him or her to return campaign contributions from DeLay.

Norwich Bulletin – Simmons CT-02 (October 2, 2005): Courtney and the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wasted no time last week jumping on the Tom DeLay indictment, calling on Simmons to return campaign contributions he's received from DeLay's political action committees.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Hulshof puts DeLay funds into charity (October 2, 2005): U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof has unloaded campaign money with ties to Tom DeLay and is expressing reservations about a return to power for the indicted former House majority leader. The DCCC had called on Hulshof and other Missouri Republicans to give up DeLay-linked money. Last night, committee spokesman Bill Burton said Hulshof’s action "makes it an even stronger challenge" to other Missouri lawmakers.

The Keene Sentinel - Cash for Bass (October 2, 2005): New Hampshire First District Congressman Jeb Bradley has decided to give back the $15,000 in campaign money he received from former House majority leader Tom DeLay. But this week Congressman Bass’s spokesman said he’d keep the $7,500 gift that DeLay gave him.

Miami Herald - Shaw takes heat from Democrats for DeLay cash (October 3, 2005): Spokesman for the DCCC Bill Burton noted that two of Shaw's Republican colleagues, U.S. Reps. Heather Wilson of New Mexico and Jeb Bradley of New Hampshire, have agreed to give back DeLay money. ''Why shouldn't the other members disassociate themselves from the scandal that is disrupting the work of Congress?'' Burton asked.

Daily Cardinal (WI) - DeLay's indictment has effects across Wis. political sphere (October 3, 2005): The effects of Tom DeLay's indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday were felt in Wisconsin as Democrats across the state condemned Republican lawmakers who were associated with the congressional leader. Green's office has declined to return money, saying it would be illegal for them to do so.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Georgians to keep DeLay donations (September 30, 2005): Georgia's Republican lawmakers say they see no need to return tens of thousands of dollars in contributions they've received from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. "Tom DeLay's indictment was only one part of a system of pay-to-play and lobbyist-driven legislating that he put into place," said Bill Burton of the Democratic House Campaign Committee. "Unfortunately," he said, "Georgia House Republicans have supported and benefited [from] this same culture."

The Post-Standard - Boehlert: Money from Delay PAC not Illegal (September 30, 2005): Rep. Boehlert has no plans to return campaign donations he received from Americans for a Republican Majority, a political action committee controlled by indicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. One of Boehlert's colleagues, Rep. Jeb Bradley, R-N.H., has said he will return $15,000 in campaign contributions he received from ARMPAC, according to a report in the Union Leader of Manchester, N.H.

Saint Paul Pioneer Press - Kline to return funds if DeLay is convicted (September 30, 2005): U.S. Rep. John Kline, will return $ 30,000 in campaign contributions he received from DeLay if the Texas Republican is convicted of money-laundering, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The DCCC challenged Republican House members, including Kline and two others from Minnesota, to return what it called "tainted DeLay money." Democrats said U.S. Reps. Mark Kennedy, who represents the 6th District, and Gil Gutknecht, who represents the 1st, also received $ 29,500 and $ 5,778, respectively. Neither they nor their representatives could be reached for comment Thursday.

Anchorage Daily News - Washington notes: Democrats dog Young for $1,592 (October 2, 2005): They just don't let up, these demands on Alaska Congressman Don Young to give back money. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Commission sent out a press releases on just about every lawmaker DeLay's political action committee wrote checks to, and he's given out millions. Young's office had no response Friday.

Cincinnati Enquirer - Area politicians keeping money from DeLay (October 3, 2005): So, will area lawmakers who received campaign contributions from the former House Republican leader return the money? None of the lawmakers contacted plans to return the money, given over the last decade. "Ohio families deserve to know why it is that Ohio Republicans refuse to return money," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Bill Burton.

Arizona Daily Sun - Following the money (October 3, 2005): U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi's political opponents are mounting an attack on the congressman for not returning campaign contributions from a fundraising group led by House Majority leader Tom DeLay. The Democratic congressional hopeful Jack Jackson, Jr., targeted Renzi in e-mails.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Cash linked to DeLay targeted; Democratic official calls on Reps. Green, Ryan to return funds (September 30, 2005): The state Democratic Party chairman asked Thursday that U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-Wis.) give up the campaign cash he received from committees controlled by the U.S. House majority leader who stepped down this week after being indicted.

Lawrence Journal-World - Kansans criticized for DeLay ties (October 1, 2005): National and state Democrats on Friday criticized Kansas Republican House members Jim Ryun, and Todd Tiahrt, for their close ties to indicted U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay. “We call on Congressmen Ryun and Tiahrt to prove to Kansans that they aren’t as ethically challenged as their leader and return campaign funds from DeLay’s PAC,” said Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Gaughan.

Casper Star-Tribune - Dems: Cubin should return money (September 30, 2005): The Wyoming Democratic Party Wednesday called on Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin to surrender the $22,520 she has received from Rep. Tom DeLay's political action committee. Cubin, in a statement, said DeLay is a "good and honest man" who will be cleared of the "partisan" charges against him.

AP - Democrats rip into Nussle on ties to DeLay (September 29, 2005): Democrats ripped into U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle for his ties to indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, urging the Iowan to return campaign contributions he's gotten from DeLay. Former Iowa Democratic Chairman Gordon Fischer said Nussle took $15,020 from DeLay's PAC and sided with the Texan's effort to weaken House ethics rules.

AP - Idaho lawmakers among several receiving money from DeLay PAC (September 30, 2005): Idaho's two Republican congressmen are among lawmakers in 41 states who received campaign donations from a political action committee founded by embattled former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas. "We're not saying the donations are illegal," said spokesman Bill Burton for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C. "We just think it's important to let folks know what their congressmen are up to."