JIM CRAIG CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY FROM JEB BRADLEY FOR HIS RUBBER STAMP VOTING RECORD

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Contact: Jean Weinberg

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“It’s time to give New Hampshire’s independent voice back to district one.” - Jim Craig (June 1, 2006)— Today, Jim Craig, Congressional Candidate in New Hampshire’s First District called for accountability from Rep. Jeb Bradley (NH-01) for his rubber stamp voting record and his ties to the culture of corruption in Washington. Jeb Bradley has taken nearly $250,000 dollars from congressional GOP Leadership PACs and has voted with indicted and disgraced former congressional Majority Leader Tom Delay 9 out of 10 times. [http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/allindus.asp?CID=N00025059]

“Instead of representing New Hampshire values in Washington, Jeb joined the Washington Culture of Corruption," said Jim. "Four years ago, our Congressman left for Washington as Jeb Bradley and he came back as Jeb Bush. It’s time to give New Hampshire’s independent voice back to district one.”

Yesterday, Jim proposed ethics and lobbying reform initiatives and pledged to clean up the Do-Damage Congress. A s NH State House Democratic Leader, Jim voted to establish an executive branch ethics committee. [SB206-FN 2006]

Jeb Bradley’s campaign receipts reveal his deep ties to the GOP culture of corruption:

¨ Jeb Bradley is entrenched in the Tom Delay/Jack Abramoff scandal. Jeb took $15,000 from Tom DeLay’s ARMPAC. [ Bradley took $10,000 on 6/17/03 and $5,000 on 9/11/02. He returned the money 10/03/05] Jeb voted to weaken House ethics rules when Delay proposed doing so when he was the GOP Majority Leader. [HRS 5, Vote #6, 1/4/2005; Passed 220-195; R 220-0; D 0-194; I 0-1]

¨ Jeb Bradley took $1,000 from Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), the first congressman to be implicated based on the Jack Abramoff guilty plea.

¨ Jeb Bradley received $19,999 from GOP Whip Roy Blunt’s “Rely on Your Beliefs” PAC. In 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Blunt one of the 13 most corrupt members of Congress.

¨ Jeb Bradley received $1,000 from Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), who has taken money from Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff. A thirteen-count ethics complaint was filed by CREW for charges including bribery and violations of tax law and house rules.

¨ Jeb Bradley received $1,000 from indicted Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2003. Fletcher is charged with illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs after he took office in 2003.

Jim Craig, a life-long resident of Manchester, has represented the 9th District of Hillsborough County in the New Hampshire State House for eight years. As the Democratic Leader, Jim earned a solid reputation for working across party lines to build a lasting, bipartisan consensus that represents the mainstream values of New Hampshire residents.

Jeb Bradley’s Record on Ethics:

Jeb Voted To Weaken House Ethics Rules. The vote supported GOP House rules curtailing the ways ethics investigations can be launched, a day after the party retreated on two other ethics moves. Republicans passed a package of House rules that requires at least one Republican to agree before the ethics committee begins an inquiry. The committee's membership is evenly divided between parties, and previously a deadlock meant an inquiry would automatically begin. Former Ethics committee Chairman Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) broke with GOP leaders on the House floor, saying he thought the changes were a mistake since they were done without bipartisan discussion. Republicans abandoned their plan to gut a rule that allows the ethics committee to admonish a member even if no specific law has been broken, and restored a rule requiring a party leader to step down if indicted. The rules passed, 220-195. (Washington Post, 1/5/05) [HRS 5, Vote #6, 1/4/2005; Passed 220-195; R 220-0; D 0-194; I 0-1]

The vote supported GOP House rules curtailing the ways ethics investigations can be launched, a day after the party retreated on two other ethics moves. Republicans passed a package of House rules that requires at least one Republican to agree before the ethics committee begins an inquiry. The committee's membership is evenly divided between parties, and previously a deadlock meant an inquiry would automatically begin. Former Ethics committee Chairman Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) broke with GOP leaders on the House floor, saying he thought the changes were a mistake since they were done without bipartisan discussion. Republicans abandoned their plan to gut a rule that allows the ethics committee to admonish a member even if no specific law has been broken, and restored a rule requiring a party leader to step down if indicted. The rules passed, 220-195. (Washington Post, 1/5/05) [HRS 5, Vote #6, 1/4/2005; Passed 220-195; R 220-0; D 0-194; I 0-1]Jeb Voted Against Creating a Bipartisan Ethics Task Force. The panel would have equal representation of Republicans and Democrats to make recommendations to restore public confidence in the House ethics process. The measure was defeated. [HRS 213 , Vote #106, 4/14/2005; Passed 218-195; R 218-2; D 0-192; I 0-1]

Jeb Voted To Allow Lobbyists To Wine & Dine Congress. The new rules would allow lobbyists to cater meals to members' offices and let charities pay for lawmakers to travel and stay at golf resorts and other locales. The measure would allow outside interests to pay for "perishable food or refreshments offered to members of an office." The weaker rules passed, 221-203. (Washington Post, 1/8/03) [HRS 5, Vote #4, 1/7/2003; Passed 221-203; R 221-0; D 0-202; I 0-1]

The new rules would allow lobbyists to cater meals to members' offices and let charities pay for lawmakers to travel and stay at golf resorts and other locales. The measure would allow outside interests to pay for "perishable food or refreshments offered to members of an office." The weaker rules passed, 221-203. (Washington Post, 1/8/03) [HRS 5, Vote #4, 1/7/2003; Passed 221-203; R 221-0; D 0-202; I 0-1]

Jeb Opposed Closing The Lucrative "Revolving Door" Between Lobbying & Lawmaking. The vote was against a measure to prohibit Members of the House from negotiating lucrative job deals that capitalize on their committee membership. Politicians or federal employees frequently leave office for the insider game of lobbying and advising private interests on how to do business with the federal government. [HRS 5, Vote #5, 1/4/2005; Failed 196-219; R 1-219; D 194-0; I 1-0]

Jeb Opposed Denouncing Corruption. A resolution, introduced by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, would have specifically condemned the GOP majority's practice of holding open close votes until wavering Republicans can be won over, sometimes with favors or threats. It cited a vote on a Medicare prescription drug benefit in late 2003 that was held open for nearly three hours. One Republican, who eventually voted no, later said that during that time he was promised money for his son's election campaign if he would vote yes. Normally, House roll call votes run for 17 minutes. (Associated Press. 12/8/05) [HRS 591, Vote #622, 12/8/2005; Passed 219-188; R 218-0; D 1-187; I 0-1]