Rep. Tom Delay Threatens Media Outlets Running Ads Linking Him To Corruption

HOUSTON – Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is threatening to “sue any station” that runs a new television ad that links him to one of the worst congressional corruption scandals ever. The two public interest groups that joined forces this week to run the ads are vigorously fighting back.

The groups, the Campaign for America’s Future and the Public Campaign Action Fund, unveiled $115,000 in new television, radio and billboard ads targeting Rep. DeLay and Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, for their ties to corruption on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, kicking off a yearlong campaign to clean up Congress.

KHOU-CBS, one of the stations originally scheduled to run the spot, said that Rep. DeLay “threatened to sue any station” that chooses to broadcast the ad, on in its morning news program.

Campaign for America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey said Rep. DeLay, known as “the Hammer” in Congress, is trying to intimidate Houston television stations in a pointless effort to prevent public discussion.

“The people of Houston know he has something to hide. We hope their TV stations don’t betray their First Amendment rights and obligations by capitulating,” said Hickey, noting that the two groups have supplied documentation for the ad to each of the stations.

Public Campaign Action Fund national campaigns director David Donnelly noted that Rep. DeLay is suppressing information from his constituents.

“Rep. DeLay doesn’t want the people of Houston to know that Russian interests allegedly gave $1 million to influence his vote. In fact, he doesn’t want anyone back home to know anything he’s up to with corrupt lobbyists in Washington,” said Donnelly. “When powerful lawmakers corrupt the political process and get caught, they often try to bully the media to try to prevent them from doing their job. We can’t let him win.”

The television ads that link him to the Abramoff scandal began airing on cable stations in Houston today despite threats from Rep. DeLay and his Washington lawyers.

**NOTE: Media representatives interested in video of KHOU-CBS’s morning news broadcast can find an electronic clip at http://www.khou.com/perl/common/video/wmPlayer.pl?title=www.khou.com/delay10_060110.wmv
 An electronic copy of the ad is available at www.ourfuture.organd www.pcactionfund.org.**