|Tom DeLay- Corporate Whore|
Feb 27, 2004
Smith, DeLay Cases Illustrate Death of Oversight
A broad, ideologically diverse coalition of watchdog groups will challenge the U.S. House of Representatives to completely overhaul its moribund ethics oversight procedures. The briefing will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Room of the National Press Club at 529 14th St, N.W., in Washington.
The group will discuss the current controversies involving Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI) and Tom DeLay (R-TX) and will present an analysis of the few matters the House Ethics Committee has pursued - and the many it has refused to pursue - since 1997. They will discuss the "triple threat" of factors leading to the current crisis, and make recommendations for reinvigorating the system.
Speakers will include the Campaign Legal Center (Trevor Potter), Democracy 21 (Fred Wertheimer), Judicial Watch (Tom Fitton), Common Cause (Chellie Pingree), the Center for Responsive Politics (Larry Noble), Public Citizen (Craig Holman), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Melanie Sloan) and Public Campaign (Mark Clack).
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