BASS HIP-DEEP IN GOP CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

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BASS HIP-DEEP IN GOP CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

Dishonestly Tells Town Hall Meeting ""I just haven't been a part of any
of that,"But Record Shows Delay $$$, Votes, and more

NEWPORT, NH - Last night, Congressman Bass once again misled
his constituents about his personal involvement in the ongoing
Republican culture of corruption. But Bass's actions speak louder
than his words - and his actions include taking large sums of money
from the industries he regulates and from Tom DeLay; supporting
DeLay's legal defense fund; voting with him on key issues and pet
projects; and misleading New Hampshire constituents about his own record.

Asked at a town hall meeting how the Republican Party fell from its
"Contract with America" convictions to its current level of corruption,
Bass self-righteously declared that "I just haven't been a part of any
of that, so it is hard for me to speak to it." Meanwhile in Washington,
Bass is trying to cover up his long associations with DeLay by
circulating petitions and telling the press that his party must reform.
[Claremont Eagle Times, 1/11/06]

But in reality, Bass has a history of repeated involvement in the
Republican culture of corruption.

"You can't vote with Tom Delay nine out of ten times, keep his
money, support his legal fund, push his pet projects, and then tell
your constituents that you don't have anything to do with him and
his corruption," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair
Kathy Sullivan. "Sorry, Charlie. Actions speak louder than
words, and your attempts to mislead New Hampshire voters
cannot cover up your history of involvement in this culture of
corruption."

Congressman Bass's real record shows repeated involvement in
the Republican culture of corruption in Washington:

*** TAKEN $287K FROM INDUSTRIES HE REGULATES:
Since Charles Bass was appointed to the Energy and Commerce
committee in 2001, he has taken $287,429 from the sectors he has
responsibility for regulating (specifically, Energy/Natural Resources
and Communications/Electronics). In just five years on the committee,
these industries have already given Bass almost twice the amount
they gave him during the previous seven years, when he did not regulate
them ($173,118), and almost twice the amount they gave Jeb Bradley,
who does not sit on their committee ($173,683).
[www.opensecrets.org]

*** REFUSES TO RETURN $14,233 FROM DELAY PAC: Bass
has taken $14,233 from Tom DeLay's political action committee,
and has refused to return it even after Delay's indictment - and despite
the fact fellow NH Congressman Jeb Bradley has returned similar funds.
[www.tray.com]

*** ONLY NH CONGRESSMAN TO GIVE TO DELAY LEGAL
FUND: Charlie Bass is the only Congressman in New Hampshire who has
contributed money to Tom DeLay's legal fund. [$1,000, www.tray.com]

*** MISLED CONSTITUENTS ABOUT DELAY MONEY: In an
attempt to distance himself from the Delay scandal, Bass claimed that
his August, 2001 contribution to Tom DeLay's legal fund happened "back
in the mid-90s." Bass fabricated the far-off date when questioned on a
radio show why he gave money to Delay - even though he was not asked
about when the donation occurred. [Arnie Arnesen Show, WTPL,
11/22/05]

** VOTES WITH DELAY ON 9 OF 10 VOTES: In the last session,
Congressman Bass voted with Tom DeLay on 89% of all votes in the
House of Representatives. [1/1/04 - 3/30/05, www.cq.com]

*** PUSHED DELAY PLAN TO SHIFT MTBE CLEANUP COSTS
FROM GAS COMPANIES TO TAXPAYERS: This summer, Bass
pushed a plan to shift the cost of MTBE cleanup away from the Texas
petrochemical companies in Tom DeLay's district and onto New Hampshire
taxpayers. The move was widely cited in the media as a top priority for
Delay. [Water & Waste Water International, August 2005]

*** BENEFITTED FROM $20K IN ABRAMOFF MONEY TO NHGOP:
Charlie Bass's political campaigns in 2002 and 2004 benefited from the
$20,000 that the New Hampshire Republican Party received from clients
of criminal GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But even after Abramoff's
convictions, Bass has refused to call on his Party to return the money -
even though Senators Gregg and Sununu gave away the similar funds
they had received. [Union Leader, 1/5/06]