This may be posted in the paper the day before the election. Vote for Scott Murphy! http://www.poststar.com/...
Also, the Albany Times-Union and the Glens Falls Post-Star will be endorsing tomorrow in the race.
GOTV! You can phone bank through the DCCC virtual phonebank at dccc.org. Or if you are near the 20th District, come on up! Visit scottmurphy09.com to find volunteer locations.
The Phoenix New Times has a blockbuster story
that just went online on Rep. Rick Renzi's shaddy land swap legislation to benefit a business partner of his who had funnelled $200,000 to Renzi's campaign in what the FEC has already concluded are impermissable funds.
The first Congressional District in Arizona was already considered competitive (Bush came to raise money for Renzi last week) but this scandal adds to the growing perception that Renzi is in Congress for himself. (He has already held a place of honor on CREW's 13 most corrupt representatives.)
Throughout the story, Renzi's story changes from what the author identifies as a straight up lie to a half-truth. The full story is here.
Well, it took a few months but the Republican mega-millionnaires out here have broken
the "Millionnaires Amendment" cap. CEO V. Eric Roach (R-Rancho Santa Fe) has poured $750,000 of his own money into his campaign and Alan Uke and Richard Earnest (both R-Del Mar) have put several hundred thousand into their campaigns. It's hardly surprising that the Republicans self-funders are taking the headlines here since the other Republicans fundraising is anemic.
As everyone knows by now, Francine Busby is running here and running strong. I volunteer for her campaign and they are making huge inroads in turning out Democrat and Independent voters on April 11.
Republican Assemblyman Mark Wyland announced today that he is dropping out of the race for Congress in the 50th District of California. Wyland was a leading contender for the GOP nomination who had invested $250K of his money and had a campaign office and staff on board. The rumors out here is that his decision has alot to do with national Republicans trying to get their shit together since big Cunningham indictments are likely coming soon and may end with him resigning and triggering a special election.
Our candidate in the race is Francine Busby who has a strong campaign up and running.
USA Today had a very, very long story today about Duke Cunningham's relationship with MZM, Inc, the company that ultimately brought about his downfall. It is certainly more bad news for Cunningham in what has already been some bad few days.
The interesting part is that the writers make the point that what is so disturbing is that this type of thing is rather easy to do. It isnt hard to insert secret defense appropriations and then refuse to disclose what they are based on "national security."
Today's North County Times (our local paper)has a source close the Cunningham investigation saying indictments are coming down soon and that the amount of money involved will be "astounding." This indicment has the ability to make all the other stuff going on look like small potatoes for a while. At least $1.1 million in alleged bribes.
this is looking more and more like a possible special election. With a great dem, francine busby, and an easier district this could be the hackett race with the happy ending.
Here is the link: http://nctimes.com/...
From our local paper, the North County Times:
Citing national security concerns, a Washington D.C.-based governmental watchdog group called Common Cause will issue a formal call Tuesday for Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to step down from his position on two powerful defense related subcommittees, a spokeswoman for the California arm of that organization said Monday.
First of all, I'd say this is just the tactic Democrats need to be taking on ethics: there has to be an implication to ethical wrongdoing not just the fact that it happened. Second, the national attention on cunningham has also meant national attention on our candidate, Francine Busby. In North County, we are excited about a seat pickup.
For the full article: http://nctimes.com/articles/2005/09/13/news/top_stories/90205201023.txt
Today was the first court date for Congressman's Cunningham trial involving the forfeiture of his home because it was obtained with birbery money.
This is looking more and more like a possible special election. This court case is just a preamble to the criminal case. This race should be another indication of how much the Republican Party's corruption will influence their congressional candidates.
The US Attorney's Office has finally filed their lawsuit against Cunningham. The first hearing is Sept 9. The Democratic candidate running to replace Cunningham is Francine Busby who just released a web-commercial on Tuesday calling for Cunningham to resign. Talk about great timing. www.busbyforcongress.com
The Harvard College Democrats Blog
has put out some research on Bush's leading candidate to replace Alan Greenspan at the Federal Reserve. They write:
"...his donations to President Bush should raise some eyebrows. Federal Election Commission rules allow donations of $2000 per person per election cycle but Feldstein has clearly stepped over that limit. What is even more intriguing is that Feldstein used two different titles (Honorable and Mister) and two different addresses (Cambridge and Belmont) on his donations. Additionally, on one of his contributions to Bush-Cheney, he listed "Howard University" as his employer and on the other "Harvard University." Feldstein is in no way affiliated with Howard University."
Breaking election laws is no small matter and the man who Bush wants to run the US economy should understand that he is not above those laws.