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Wisconsin Republicans received dirty DeLay $$

Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) has returned his share of the PAC money he received from Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX). Will Wisconsin's congressional Republicans take the high ground and return their share as well?

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Rep. Mark Green received $29,414 and Rep. Paul Ryan received $25,390. The other two members of the delegation received far less with Rep. Tom Petri getting $1,295 and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner getting a measly $20 (what's the point?).

Eye on Wisconsin points out that both Green and Ryan also contributed $1000 to DeLay's legal defense fund, obviously knowing that the majority leader would someday need it. Green, who is running for governor, should send back that PAC money ASAP if he wants to stop this from becoming an issue in his campaign. As for Ryan, his consitituents should be disappointed that while he tries to maintain a reputation of independence, he is really quite beholden to the House Republican leadership.


At 9/30/2005 10:16:00 PM, Anonymous grapeshot said...

Thanks for hunting up that info. Green is my congressman, and you can bet he'll be getting a letter from me.

At 10/01/2005 09:35:00 AM, Anonymous SullySupporter said...

Bradley didn't take the high road. He heard footsteps and did the politically beneficial thing.

Jeb is from a marginal district (49% for Kerry last fall), has been pounded on this issue at his town hall meetings, and has been whacked on it by his likely Democratic opponent, Rep. Peter Sullivan, a guy with a solid reform record in the legislature. Jeb is a multimillionaire who can replace the dirty dough easily, so there is no real sacrifice on his part.

Remember, he still has his money from the nearly-as-sleazy Roy Blunt. When he gives that back, I'll take his change of heart seriously.

Don't confuse ethics with expediency.


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