Threats and all


Some good news on the corruption tip, from Campaign for America's Future: "with a small amount of money, some creativity and the courage to speak truth to power, we can challenge corruption and win."

After facing litigation threats from Tom DeLay for ads highlighting his corruption, CAF, along with Public Campaign Action Fund, focused a ton of media attention on the verity of their charges and on the BS of Tom DeLay's. Their perseverance paid off in the form of a new ad to air on four Houston stations revealing DeLay's corrupt past called: "the ad Tom DeLay doesn't want you to see."

DeLay now trails his opponent, a Democrat, 30-22% (ht: Daily DeLay) in the polls -- a lousy sign for a 95th term Republican incumbent in a conservative district whose boundaries were jury-rigged with the help of the congressman himself...

Other ads focusing on Bob Ney, the Ohio Republican also in bed with Jack Abramoff, succeeded in forcing the congressman to resign his chairmanship on the House Administrative Committee.

The corporate media deserves much of the criticism we direct its way -- after all, it's the method by which the vast majority receives the information necessary for shaping our government. It's the safeguard and vehicle of democracy. Criticism is all well and good but sometimes airtime simply needs to be bought and the message broadcast come hell or high water.

CAF and PCAF are continuing the fight and hope to launch new ads this week. If the real estate mantra is location location location, consider the political one media media media...

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