Super lobbyist Jack Abramoff has cut a plea bargin deal with federal prosecutors. Allegedly involved in this scandal are several members of the U.S. House and Senate. Prominent House members mentioned as involved are Tom DeLay and Ohio's Bob Ney.
Just recently California's Randy Cunningham agreed that he was guilty of accepting millions of dollars in bribes.
YET ... Democrats in the United States House of Representatives have not filed one single ethics complaint with the House Ethics Committee against these alleged miscreants! A complaint simple begins an inquiry -- why have Democrats turned a blind eye to possible graft, bribery and fraud?
BECAUSE ... they want for themselves the same big campaign contributions from the very same kind of corporate and special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists. That's why.
And a look at their campaign contributors proves what they're really after. That is why we can make the following observations:
Mark Udall has not filed an ethics complaint to protect the integrity of the U.S. House of Representatives.In the 7th Congressional District race, I make the following challenges to the other candidates: Will Ed Perlmutter, Peggy Lamm, Rick O'Donnell and Mark Paschall pledge right now that if they are in the Congress that they will file whatever complaints are necessary -- even against members of their own party -- to keep OUR government honest and ethical and accountable to us, ALL the people?
Diana DeGette has not filed an ethics complaint to protect the integrity of the U.S. House of Representatives.
John Salazar has not filed an ethics complaint to protect the integrity of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Will they pledge right now to work for meaningful campaign finance reform and lobbying reform that will take the big corporate money and gifts out of our federal legislative process? Will they pledge to support public financing of election campaigns?
I pledge those things and the national Green Party platform makes our commitment to government of the people, by the people and for the people -- crystal clear.
It really come down to this -- Democrats and Republicans are increasingly all part of the same corrupt political system that is ruining our republic.
The voting public knows this!
Link: Poll: Half Believe Congress is Dirty | CNN
About half of U.S. adults believe most members of Congress are corrupt, a poll released Tuesday suggests.According to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, 49 percent of respondents said most members of Congress are corrupt. Although 46 percent of respondents said most aren't, the margin of sampling error -- plus or minus 4.5 percent -- makes it clear that the perception of congressional politicians is largely negative.Congress' image could emerge as an election topic, with 55 percent of respondents saying corruption will be "the most important" or a "very important" issue to consider when voting in November, when all 435 House seats, and 33 Senate seats, will be decided.
The only real change will come when folks like me and my fellow Greens are elected to office -- that might just be the start of a new American revolution that can bring honest representation to the citizens of our great land.
Join the effort to save our country. Promise yourself to vote for candidates that do not take PAC money; that pledge to not take ANY lobbyists' gifts or contributions. Be a courageous American!
Vote for Principle BEFORE Politics!
Embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress. In a heavily scripted court appearance, Abramoff agreed with U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle when she said he had engaged in a conspiracy involving "corruption of public officials." The lobbyist also agreed when she said he and others had engaged in a scheme to provide campaign contributions, trips and other items "in exchange for certain official acts." ... Abramoff's travels with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay are already under criminal investigation. The lobbyist's interactions with the Texas Republican's congressional office frequently came around the time of campaign donations, golf outings or other trips provided or arranged by Abramoff for DeLay and other lawmakers. In all, DeLay received at least $57,000 in political contributions from Abramoff, his lobbying associates or his tribal clients between 2001 and 2004. Court papers released Tuesday also detailed lavish gifts and contributions that Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney's agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.
A comprehensive look at the potential scope of the "biggest scandal in Congress in over a century."
December 9, 2005
In light of the revelation today that prosecutors are preparing a bribery indictment against Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is once again asking that a Member of the House forward CREW's complaint against Rep. Ney to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. CREW has been searching for a member to file its complaint since March.
Only Members of the House are permitted to file ethics complaints.
"With today's news that a bribery indictment against Rep. Bob Ney is likely forthcoming, we implore a Member of the House to finally file an ethics complaint against Rep. Ney," Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. "We at CREW have been screaming from the rooftops about Rep. Ney's corruption for nearly a year. Our calls for an investigation into Rep. Ney's relationship with Jack Abramoff have fallen on deaf ears on both sides of the aisle. That should change with today's development."
Sloan continued, "the House has completely abdicated its constitutional responsibility to police itself. The House ethics committee's continued failure to act while the criminal investigations and indictments against Members of Congress pile up is a national embarrassment."
Rep. Ney was listed as one of CREW's 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress in its Beyond DeLay report (www.beyonddelay.org).
June 22, 2005
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a Washington defense contractor continued their silence Tuesday about allegations that the Escondido Republican's relationship with the contractor may have influenced Cunningham to use his clout to help the company obtain millions of dollars in federal defense contracts.Meanwhile, a nonprofit government ethics group is blasting Democrats for failing to request that the House Ethics Committee conduct a formal investigation into the allegations. Cunningham, an eight-term lawmaker who represents the 50th Congressional District, is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Subcommittee members have influence over the defense budget, and opponents have alleged that Cunningham's personal business dealings with the contractor have affected his decisions on defense contracts. ... When a Congressional representative has strong reason to believe that a House member may have committed an ethics violation, any House member may request that the ethics panel investigate the matter. To date, no Congressional representative, Republican or Democrat, has filed such a request pertaining to Cunningham.
The power of civic action is an antidote to the corporate control of so much of our law-making and regulating. The pervasive abuse imposed by corporate power increasingly undermines our democracy, but the Green Party seeks to rekindle the democratic flame. As voting citizens, taxpayers, workers, consumers, and stakeholders, we unite to exercise our rights and, as Thomas Jefferson urged, to counteract the "excesses of the monied interests." Toward this end, we consider serious reform of campaign funding to be essential, as well as curbs on the influence of corporations on lawmakers and regulatory agencies.
The Green Party considers American democracy to be an ongoing, unfolding project that is dynamic and creative in nature. We are committed to the strengthening of our civil society, including the many mediating institutions at the community level that have always characterized our democracy. We seek to heal the alienation and apathy that has been cultivated in the citizenry by the power-brokers of the status quo. Righteous anger about the crippling of our democracy is rising in the land, and the Greens offer constructive alternatives.
1. Political debate, public policy, and legislation should be judged on their merits, not on the quid pro quo of political barter and money.
2. We propose comprehensive campaign finance reform, including caps on spending and contributions, at the national and state level; and / or full public financing of elections to remove undue influence in political campaigns.
3. All viable candidates at the state and federal levels should have free and equal radio and television time and print press coverage.
4. We will work to ban or greatly limit political action committees and restrict soft money contributions.
5. We support significant lobbying regulation such as strict rules that disclose the extent of political lobbying via "gifts" and contributions. Broad-based reforms of government operations, with congressional reorganization and ethics laws, must be instituted. At every level of government, we support Sunshine Laws that open up the political system to access by ordinary citizens.
6. We support increasing the role of independent expository agencies, such as the General Accounting Office.
7. We recognize individual empowerment, full citizen participation, and proportional representation as the foundation of an effective and pluralistic democracy.