WASHINGTON - The Campaign for America's Future today sent a letter to all the Republican lawmakers whose campaigns received money from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority PAC. Rep. Delay's indictment last week led to his resignation from House leadership.
The letter, signed by Campaign for America's Future deputy director Ellen Miller, asks 247 of those U.S. representatives to "contribute the same amount of money you received from ARMPAC to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. We have enclosed an envelope for your convenience."
In the letter, the Campaign for America's Future referenced the actions of Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., who contributed the same amount of money he had received from ARMPAC to the Bush- Clinton Katrina Fund.
"Washington is engulfed in corruption," Miller said. "From DeLay to Frist to the potential indictments of key White House officials, this town is a scandalous swamp. It's time for members of Congress to stand with the people and show that, in this time of great national need, the charity chests are more important than political war chests."
Twenty-six of the 247 lawmakers targeted received the maximum contribution allowed from Rep. DeLay's political action committee this election cycle. Those 26 members are Rep. Bob Beauprez, R- Colo., Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-Texas; Rep. Charles Boustany Jr, R- La.; Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Rep. Chris Chocola, R- Ind.; Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky.; Rep. Charles Wieder Dent, R-Pa.; Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry, R- Neb.; Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa.; Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C.; Rep. John Kuhl Jr, R-N.Y.; Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo.; Rep. Anne Northup, R-Ky.; Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Rep. Rick Renzi, R- Ariz.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.; Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio; Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Mich.; Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn.; Rep. Michael Sodrel, R-Ind.; and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M