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In Windham, Bass defends his votes for DeLay by saying DeLay
"had no legal issues or ethical issues prior to this term" -
but in reality, DeLay was admonished by Ethics Committee
three times prior to this term
WINDHAM, NH - Congressman Bass has once again made completely
false statements about his record of supporting the scandal-
plagued former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, this time
to a town hall meeting of constituents in Windham this week.
The New Hampshire politician defended his repeated votes for
DeLay as majority leader by saying that Delay "had no legal
issues or ethical issues prior to this term," and that "it's
pretty thin to say that you somehow made a mistake when you
voted for somebody because at a later date they get in trouble."
(Windham, NH, 1/18/05)
But the facts show the exact opposite. In reality, DeLay had
been officially admonished by the House Ethics Committee THREE
TIMES before the current congressional term. DeLay first ran
afoul of the House Ethics Committee in 1998, and received three
official admonishments as recently as October of 2004.
In November of 2004, just one month AFTER DeLay's latest
admonishment by the House Ethics Committee, Congressman Bass
voted to elect DeLay as his Majority Leader.
This inaccurate claim marks the third time in recent months
that Bass has offered his constituents incorrect facts about
his long record of involvement with DeLay.
"This is getting ridiculous. In November, Congressman Bass
was dishonest with us about the money he gave Tom DeLay's legal
defense fund. Last week, he was dishonest about the $14,000 he
has taken from DeLay over the years. Now he is being dishonest
about his vote to elect DeLay as his Majority Leader despite a
cloud of ethics problems," said Democratic Chair Kathy Sullivan.
"Congressman Bass needs to start owning up to the truth: he has
been part of the problem in Washington, and it's time to clean
up the culture of corruption that breeds this kind of dishonesty."
*** FACT SHEET ***
IN NOVEMBER 2004, BASS VOTED FOR DELAY'S RE-ELECTION
AS MAJORITY LEADER.
On November 16, 2004, Tom DeLay was elected Majority Leader for
the 109th Congress. According to news accounts, DeLay was re-elected
by a unanimous vote. [Houston Chronicle, 11/17/04]
BEFORE THAT, DELAY HAD BEEN FORMALLY ADMONISHED
BY THE HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE THREE TIMES.
In October of 2004, DeLay received an admonishment from the House
Ethics Committee over a fundraiser DeLay held with energy company
officials, including Westar, who gave $25,000 to DeLay's political
action committee in order to influence the Energy package congress
was considering. Also in October of 2004, DeLay was further
admonished over contacts his office had with the Federal Aviation
Administration during a partisan fight over redistricting in Texas.
In September 2004, Tom DeLay was admonished for his role in pressure
Rep. Nick Smith to support Medicare legislation in 2003 in exchange
for an endorsement of his son Brad in the Republican primary race to
succeed Rep. Smith. The report of the House Committee on Standards
and Official Conduct admonished Rep. Tom DeLay for improperly linking
personal interest of a Member with effort to achieve a legislative
goal. And in 1998, the House Ethics Committee warned then Majority-Whip
Tom DeLay for pressuring the Electronics Industry Association not to
hire former Democratic Congressman David McCurdy to head the trade
CNN, 10/7/04; Washington Post, 2/15/03]
THIS PAST NOVEMBER, BASS WAS DISHONEST ABOUT HIS
CONTRIBUTION TO TOM DELAY'S LEGAL FUND.
When asked on a radio show why he made a $1,000 contribution to Tom
DeLay's legal defense fund, Bass brushed the question aside by saying
he gave Delay the money "back in the mid-90s" -- when in fact he made
the contribution in August of 2001. [Arnie Arnesen Show, 11/22/05;
LAST WEEK, DELAY WAS DISHONEST ABOUT THE $14,234
HE HAS RECEIVED FROM DELAY OVER THE YEARS.
According to the Keene Sentinel, Bass - who has refused to return
the $14,234 he has taken from DeLay - attempted to brush aside
criticism for his decision by saying that he "received the money
in the mid-1990s, during one of his first campaigns." In fact,
Bass took nine separate contributions from DeLay. The contributions
helped not one, but three of his campaigns. And while some
contributions occurred in the mid-nineties, over half of the amount
he has received from Delay was contributed in the year 2000.
Bass subsequently was forced to apologize for his claims.
[Keene Sentinel, 1/12/06, 1/18/06]