PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Blunt trying to hide the truth
Submitted by David Donnelly on Wed, 08/31/2005 - 14:03
Rep. Roy Blunt, majority leader of the U.S. House, doesn't want the truth told about him. Blunt's lawyers sent threatening letters to Missouri television stations demanding that they stop running an ad that tells the truth about his shady financial transactions with indicted Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas. Four TV stations — KYTV and KSPR in Springfield, and KOAM and KFJX in Joplin — have now refused this ad, which was produced by my organization, Public Campaign Action Fund, and a partner organization, American Family Voices. Four other stations — Springfield's KOLR and KSFT, and Joplin's KSNF and KODE — have agreed to run the ad. These stations deserve praise for standing up to Blunt's bullying tactics. What are the truths Blunt does not want told? In the spring of 2000, DeLay's leadership committee sent $150,000 to Blunt's leadership committee. The $150,000 reportedly came from excess funds DeLay raised from corporate sources for parties at the Republican Party national convention. Blunt's committee donated $100,000 to the Missouri Republican Party, which in turn spent money in support of his son Matt's campaign, along with campaigns of other candidates. In short, corporate money given legally to Tom DeLay's leadership fund for one purpose was funneled to Roy Blunt and then the state GOP for another. If it was all above board, why didn't DeLay give the money directly? Tom DeLay is now under indictment in Texas for the same type of money laundering transactions. The four TV stations who rejected our ad have refused to say why, or to show us the letter from Blunt's attorneys so we can address their concerns. Perhaps they're more concerned with the ad revenue they receive from politicians like Roy Blunt. "When in doubt, tell the truth. That maxim I did invent, but never expected it to be applied to me," Mark Twain commented in a 1906 speech. While it's clear Blunt doesn't believe the maxim should be applied to him, we should at least apply it to television stations that operate on the public airwaves.