Liberal groups plan anti-DeLay ad
Two liberal groups are airing an anti-DeLay ad. No word on how large the buy is or what kind of buy.
The TV spot will point out connections between the Sugar Land Republican and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges last week in a Justice Department investigation of his dealings on Capitol Hill.Both organizations are running the same ad. The thirty second spot features black text on a tv-static gray background, while recounting that DeLay was indicted for money laundering, and that Abramoff gave him money, before fading to corruption printed on the screen in capital black letters, with a call for DeLay to resign.
The DeLay ad, along with one to be aired in the Ohio district of GOP Rep. Bob Ney, who has been implicated in Abramoff's schemes, is part of an effort to build support for cleaning up Congress, said Toby Chaudhuri, spokesman for the Campaign for America's Future.
His group, which receives significant funding from labor unions, and a watchdog group, the Public Campaign Action Fund, are sponsoring the ads and have run others attacking DeLay. They are expected to announce today an effort to pressure Congress to pass lobbying and campaign finance reforms this year.
The Campaign for America's Future "consistently attack(s) conservative leaders like President Bush and now they're getting involved in a district they probably couldn't point to on a map," DeLay spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty said. "While I don't know what the ad looks like, I can guess it will in no way depict the labor unions they're affiliated with or what they really support -- higher taxes, more government control, and the laughable leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Nick Lampson."