For Immediate Release: July 27, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
PACCIONE CALLS ON MUSGRAVE TO RETURN TAINTED SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY
“Special Interest Marilyn” has received more than $100,000 from convicted felons and corrupt politicians.
FORT COLLINS—State Rep. Angie Paccione today called on her opponent Marilyn Musgrave to return $100,000 in tainted money she has received from corrupt politicians and convicted felons.
Musgrave has direct ties to the corruption that has scandalized Congress in recent months, and she has taken more than $100,000 from corrupt politicians who are felons, have been indicted for a felony, or are under investigation for crimes.
Musgrave has received $30,000 from Tom DeLay’s ARMPAC, and in return she voted for a DeLay plan to weaken ethics rules after DeLay’s third admonishment by the House Ethics Committee. Musgrave voted with Tom DeLay 93 percent of the time, and when he came under scrutiny, she said, “I support Tom DeLay because of his success and stewardship in creating change.”
“Just follow the money,” Paccione said. “It all leads back to Marilyn. She’s bought and sold by corrupt and criminal special interests. So far she has refused to return her tainted money.”
Musgrave has taken $50,000 from PACs funded by convicted former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Brent Wilkes. Cunningham is serving more than eight years in jail for accepting bribes, and Wilkes is under investigation for bribing Cunningham. Wilkes is also under investigation in the DeLay money laundering scandal.
Of the $50,000 that Musgrave accepted, $30,000 came directly from Congressman Tom DeLay’s ARMPAC. DeLay has been indicted for money laundering, and ARMPAC was forced to shut down last week after the being fined by the federal government for failing to keep track of its funds.
Some Republicans have already returned or donated their ARMPAC contributions, including Rep. Jeb Bradley, Rep. Kenny Hulshof , and Rep. Heather Wilson.
The remaining $20,000 of the $50,000 in Cunningham/Wilkes money came from Congressman Jerry Lewis’ Future Leaders PAC. Lewis is currently under investigation for a scandal involving vote switching and directing government contracts to contributors.
Musgrave also took thousands of dollars from PACs directly funded by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff pleaded guilty to felony fraud and was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison.
In one instance, Musgrave took $7,500 from Congressman Michael Oxley’s Leadership PAC, which was funded by Abramoff.
In addition, Musgrave took $21,000 from Congressman Roy Blunt’s Rely On Your Beliefs Fund (PAC), which was funded by Abramoff. Blunt is under investigation for his involvement in three different scandals, and helped Tom DeLay do favors for Abramoff clients.
Musgrave also took $20,000 from House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s Keep Our Majority PAC. Hastert received $100,000 from Abramoff and Abramoff’s clients, for whom he did favors in cooperation with Tom DeLay, and he is under investigation for making $1.8 million from a land deal by misusing his powers of office.
Musgrave accepted $5,000 from Congressman Bob Ney’s American Liberty PAC. Both Abramoff and Michael Scanlon have admitted to bribing Ney for political favors.
And there’s more (see below). All told, Musgrave has taken more than $100,000 in tainted money.
“She most likely won’t return this tainted special interest money, and the people will hold her accountable,” Paccione said. “She might get away with it in a court of law, but she won’t get away with it in the court of public opinion. Voters will kick Marilyn and all the other corrupt politicians out of Congress, because they want principled leadership, not caving in to special interests.”
More Tainted Special Interest Money Taken by Musgrave:
Musgrave took $3,000 from Congressman John Doolittle’s Superior California Fund (PAC). Doolittle is under investigation for giving PAC money to his wife, who helped organize fundraisers for Abramoff’s bogus charity, Capital Athletic Foundation.
Musgrave took $1,000 from Congressman Richard Pombo’s PAC. Pombo is under investigation for accepting money from Monsanto, and then voting on a bill to give Monsanto profits. Pombo received tens of thousands of dollars from Abramoff and his clients, and passed a bill to help one of Abramoff’s clients get recognition and money from the federal government. Pombo also refused to hold hearings on DeLay and Abramoff in the House Resources Committee.
Musgrave took $1,000 from Abramoff’s wife.
Musgrave took $1,000 from Congresswoman Katherine Harris’ Forward PAC. Harris is under investigation for bribery.