Friday, July 29, 2005

Halfway there

Dear Automat,

We're halfway there -- organizers hired or in the process in 25 states. They're not there just for 2005 or 2006 -- they have made long-term commitments to build our party. You can match their commitment by getting your Democracy Bond -- a commitment to give monthly and make the 50-state strategy a success.


I am happy to report to you that, as of this morning, we are halfway through rolling out the 50-state strategy that you mandated. We've hired organizers and moved resources into 25 states. And thanks to your commitment -- including record fundraising from ordinary Americans -- the plan is ahead of schedule.

I can't overstate how revolutionary this change is for our party. We've put people and resources on the ground in half the states -- and before the end of the year we will have moved into every single one.

Regional organizers are the core of this program. Nearly ninety have been recruited so far, and more come on every day. These are local people being hired to work in their own states -- they know the terrain, and they are committed to our party's success.

That commitment is what I want to talk to you about. This is a huge new financial commitment for our party. You kick-started it by raising the money to get the first few states off the ground, but we're not going to be able to meet our commitments in one-off fundraising drives. We're only going to be able to do this by finding people who will make a commitment and stick to it.

The beauty is, it only takes a small commitment from any one of us. Republicans raise $10 million every month in huge checks from corporate interests. But if a million working people give just $20 a month, we can out-raise them and reshape the political landscape. The Democracy Bonds program is about building a community of people who have made that commitment -- make yours now:

The organizers we've hired have also made huge personal commitments -- we have asked every one of them to come on for a minimum obligation of four years. They left their jobs and committed to stay with us no matter what.

That's not how things are usually done in the political world -- in this business, people don't usually stay in the same job for very long. There's always another campaign to work on, or some organization gearing up for the next election.

Until now, the national party has encouraged this system. We have made the same mistake every election cycle -- during the last few months before the presidential election we build a huge organization, and then dismantle it as quickly as possible.

That's not how we're going to do it anymore. You mandated change, and we're moving fast down the road of building a permanent infrastructure in every single state.

But we can't change the way we do business without changing the way we finance our party. That's why every one of us that believes in changing the way things work needs to make the Democracy Bond commitment -- it's the only way it will happen:

What do these organizers do? Let me give you an example. In Ohio next Tuesday there will be an election to fill a vacant seat in Congress. It's a heavily Republican district -- the Republican who left Congress to take a Bush job won with over 70 percent of the vote last year. Republicans outnumber Democrats two to one.

In years past, no one would have bothered to even try here. But we have a candidate who decided to fight. His name is Paul Hackett -- he's a former Marine Major, and if elected he'll be the first and only Iraq war veteran in Congress.

And he's not the only one who decided to fight -- grassroots Democrats on the ground, in the district and across the country have been energized by Hackett's fresh ideas and straight talk. Small donations have poured in through the campaign's website and volunteers are showing up at campaign headquarters around the clock.

Our organizers -- who were already on the ground in Ohio -- helped bring things together. Hundreds of volunteers have been turning out to canvass the district because the network was already in place.

Whether we win or lose this election, the work our organizers have been doing all over Ohio helped make this an opportunity for Democrats to come together and fight. That means that we will have a stronger operation to turn out more Democratic votes when Ohio elects a governor and a Senator next year -- and more votes when Ohio goes for the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008.

This is just one congressional district in one state. We need to make this happen everywhere -- and we need to make it happen for the long term. That's why all of us need to make the Democracy Bond commitment:

Of course, not every state is like Ohio. And people often ask why we're putting organizers on the ground not just in Ohio, but in places like Mississippi and Nebraska as well.

The fact is that we have a responsibility to be everywhere -- because our party brings hope. Hope for reform, hope for true participation in our democracy and hope for a government that works for the people, not special interests or ideologues.

We're putting organizers on the ground in places like Mississippi because they need that hope the most. Mississippi has an extremist Republican governor who wants to cut off tens of thousands of children and elderly people from their health care -- and handful of Democrats in the legislature are the only thing stopping him.

We'll be there -- and we will be everywhere else, with your commitment:

This is about more than just building a national political party -- it's about connecting people with their democracy again. It's about energizing people at the local level to come together and fight for the common good and a government that's clean, honest, and solves real problems.

The Republicans take the completely opposite view. They view our government as an extension of their partisan machine.

They have people like Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff, who thinks that his partisan political goals trump our national security.

We can do better than that -- and Americans in every single state and territory deserve better than that. So we're going to build our party everywhere and take on every fight -- because we want to do things differently.

Thank you for being a part of it.

Yours sincerely,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

And you thought Watergate was bad?


Dear Friend,

I don't have to tell you that the Republican majority in Congress is doing everything they can to help the Radical Right take over the entire government. They have the White House and Congress, and are trying to bring their reckless policies to our courtrooms.

But the good news is that they can be stopped! They have to be stopped!

Recent polls say we can win as more and more Americans are fed-up with the abuse of power perpetrated by George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Tom DeLay and their followers.

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Electing more Democrats to the House is the ONLY way to stop Tom DeLay and his Radical Right agenda in their tracks.

Just think what we have to gain:
  • a House where the Majority Leader won't have leadership PAC staff under indictment and won't threaten judges;
  • a House where the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee will hold open, honest hearings instead of turning off the microphones of Democrats mid-sentence; and,
  • a House that will pass legislation that will help all Americans instead of just the wealthy and special interests.
We can sweep the extremist GOP leadership out of Congress and stop George W. Bush, Tom DeLay and the Republican Congress' ruinous agenda, but we all need to do our part.

Your support will allow the DCCC to continue to lay the groundwork needed to be successful in 2006 AND take advantage of missteps much like we did with recent radio and newspaper ads exposing Republicans' votes against adequate health care for our veterans. We also ran a series of ads exposing the GOP's greed and corruption. Let's face it -- there hasn't been this kind of abuse of power in Washington since Watergate!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Keeping Rove in the Headlines


Dear Friend,

Nearly 20,000 of you have signed our petition insisting that President Bush keep his word and fire those involved in the betrayal of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. With each passing day, the implications and evidence mount, and the White House wall of denial crumbles.

We cannot thank you enough. You have not only stood with us to demand accountability, you have helped us get the truth out to thousands of others.

We have watched time and again as Karl Rove, Tom DeLay, and other Republicans have stonewalled a scandal to death without any sign of remorse or accountability. They are certainly hoping to get away with it again here, but the persistence of people like you demanding that the highest ranks of your government meet the highest ethical standards has already ensured that they will not.

Click here to review the DCCC's Rove Resource Timeline now.

The Republicans first and foremost must worry about Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, and despite what they may say, this is primarily about a criminal investigation spurred by their own Justice Department and CIA -- not by any Democrat. And with speculation about perjury and conspiracy charges growing every day based on reports of conflicting testimony before the Grand Jury, this is no small concern.

But we cannot allow the Republican's credo for Tom DeLay of "you may serve while indicted" to become the new ethical standard for American government. Karl Rove and other senior White House officials put an intelligence officer and those in contact with her at risk for partisan political reasons; they must be held accountable -- and must be removed from power.

You have stood with us, but the fight goes on. The Republicans are digging in for potentially months of disinformation, knowing that those at the heart of their party are in a hopelessly indefensible position. For that reason, we have compiled this fully-sourced timeline of events to set the record straight in a way that no amount of Republican spin can overcome.

Click here to review the DCCC's Rove Resource Timeline now.

Read the timeline, forward this email on, and keep it as a resource so you can go straight back to the facts during the next Republican propaganda blitz.

And stay tuned, we'll have much more to come. As I have said before, they will try to distract you -- but we here at the DCCC will make sure they are held accountable -- and that you have the facts.


John Lapp
Executive Director, DCCC

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Friday, July 22, 2005

DCCC @Stake - Rove & DeLay: Birds of a Feather

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Rove & DeLay: Birds of a Feather

July 22, 2005

Reality Closes in on Karl Rove

On this Friday morning, Democrats from both the House and the Senate are holding a hearing on the subject of the national security consequences of the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity, being aired on C-Span 3. This is some of the information they will be looking into.

In 2002, former Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind met with the White House to discuss a recent story he had written that was critical of the Administration. What a senior White House aide told Suskind, which he later reported for the New York Times Magazine, would capture the essence of the Rovian propaganda machine::

"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'"

Karl Rove is now finding out that reality is not so easily vanquished after all.

As the White House goes into full stonewall mode, sending RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman out to talk about the investigation they say nobody is allowed to talk about, there is an air of desperation that is almost palpable here in Washington. For every defense that Rove, Mehlman, and the White House offer, a new set of facts seems to come crashing down upon them.

For starters, the list of those "involved" - a category of people President Bush once promised would be fired - has grown into a constellation of the most powerful members of the White House.

Karl Rove: President Bush's Right-Hand Man

Time Magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, having given his testimony to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, reported on his testimony for the magazine. Amongst the revelations: Karl Rove's contention that Valerie Plame came up casually at the end of an unrelated conversation is dashed, and the call ended with cryptic words which may go down alongside Rove's name in history: "I've already said too much."

Scooter Libby: Vice President Cheney's Right-Hand Man

Cooper dropped one more revelation in that piece: a second source was Vice President Cheney's trusted Chief of Staff, Irv Lewis "Scooter" Libby. A Los Angeles Times piece also describes how he and Rove, who were close friends and coworkers, came together to wage a startlingly vicious attack on Valerie Plame and her husband. When another White House aide asked Rove why they were being so aggressive, Rove replied: "He's a Democrat."

Stephen Hadley: Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's Right-Hand Man

Stephen Hadley, you may remember was Condoleeza Rice's deputy during her tenure as National Security Advisor, a position he took over when she left to be Secretary of State and holds to this day. The Associated Press reports on an email sent to him by Rove after Rove spoke to Cooper, bragging about how he had dodged any substantive questions about intelligence on Iraq and instead smeared Plame's husband. The email is casual, and indicates an orchestrated smear campaign against Wilson and his wife that was anything but a secret inside the White House.

The Moral and the Legal

The moral questions revolving around the leak are not particularly complicated. Either Karl Rove and others in the White House knew that Plame was covert and deliberately outed her anyway, or they did not bother to find out and outed her anyway. In a moral sense, the latter might be worse, since for all they knew she was sitting in bin Laden's hut.

In the legal sense, the question can be more significant. But as Democrat Henry Waxman has pointed out, the non-disclosure agreement that White House employees sign in order to access classified information specifically requires those employees to check the classified status of such information before even confirming it, much less volunteering it.

But as for the law that spurred the investigation and which does indeed require knowledge of the agent's covert status, Rove's claim to ignorance is not nearly so clear as his carefully parsed statements have implied. Rove and his lawyer have made various claims about where Rove learned of Plame's status, carefully denying specific scenarios. But even as they have commented on virtually every aspect of the case, a little noticed question from another Los Angeles Times piece last week suddenly hushed them up:

"At the same time, Luskin declined to say whether Rove knew that Plame was a covert agent, even if he did not know her name, which analysts said was a crucial factor in determining whether the law was broken."

And another revelation from Cooper's testimony, namely that Rove "said things would be declassified soon" casts yet more doubt. But the most dangerous report as yet could be from Murray Waas writing in The American Prospect, who claims to have a source inside the investigation:

"White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed CIA officer Valerie Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper during Rove's first interview with the FBI, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

"The omission by Rove created doubt for federal investigators, almost from the inception of their criminal probe into who leaked Plame's name to columnist Robert Novak, as to whether Rove was withholding crucial information from them, and perhaps even misleading or lying to them, the sources said.

"Also leading to the early skepticism of Rove's accounts was the claim that although he first heard that Plame worked for the CIA from a journalist, he said could not recall the name of the journalist. Later, the sources said, Rove wavered even further, saying he was not sure at all where he first heard the information.

"Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, has said that Rove never knew that Plame was a covert officer when he discussed her CIA employment with reporters, and that he only first learned of her clandestine status when he read about it in the newspaper. Luskin did not return a telephone call today seeking comment for this story."

Incidentally, The American Prospect dedicates an entire issue to the intricacies of "Plamegate" and the many other themes and scandals that are intertwined - click through the link and see the treasure trove in the left sidebar.

Is the White House worried? What does this tell you? Bloomberg:

Bush accelerated his search for a Supreme Court nominee in part because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name, according to Republicans familiar with administration strategy.

Bush originally had planned to announce a replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on July 26 or 27, just before his planned July 28 departure for a month-long vacation at his Crawford, Texas, ranch, said two administration officials, who spoke on the condition they not be named.

The officials said those plans changed because Rove has become a focus of Fitzgerald's interest and of news accounts about the matter.

Holding Karl Rove Accountable

Late last week, House Democrats pounced on the Republican propaganda surrounding Karl Rove and the leak of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. Democrats unified in condemnation -- sadly, we cannot say that there was a bipartisan recognition of this staggering abuse of power.

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and thousands of hard working men and women have started a campaign to send personalized pink slips to Karl Rove demanding his firing because the President refuses to do it himself. If the White House ends up knee deep in pink paper, perhaps the President will finally give Mr. Rove the legitimate pink slip he so greatly deserves. Send your own personalized pink slip to Karl Rove at the White House by visiting:

Democratic Leadership writes a letter to Speaker Hastert requesting hearings...

Dear Mr. Speaker:

Recent revelations that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was involved in the disclosure of classified information regarding the identity of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame raise serious questions that we believe the House of Representatives has a duty to investigate.

It has been two years since Ms. Plame's status as a clandestine service officer was revealed in a Robert Novak column. For obvious reasons dealing with the safety of covert agents and their network of sources, unauthorized disclosures of the identities of CIA agents are among the most serious of national security breaches. This fact alone should have spurred House committees into action and hearings should have been convened to take testimony under oath.

If that had been done, and if appropriate sanctions had been placed on those identified as having acted wrongly, the American people could have been assured that anyone who disclosed classified information was no longer in the employ of the federal government. Regrettably, none of that happened.

We urge you to direct that committees with jurisdiction over the Plame matter schedule hearings immediately. In previous Republican Congresses the fact that a criminal investigation was underway did not prevent extensive hearings from being held on other, much less significant matters.

91 Democrats wrote a letter to President Bush urging explanation or resignation...

Dear Mr. President,

We write in order to urge that you require your Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, to either come forward immediately to explain his role in the Valerie Plame matter or to resign from your Administration.

Henry Waxman wrote a fact sheet refuting Republican talking points...

Fact Sheet
Karl Rove's Nondisclosure Agreement

Today, news reports revealed that Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff and the President's top political advisor, confirmed the identity of covert CIA official Valerie Plame Wilson with Robert Novak on July 8, 2003, six days before Mr. Novak published the information in a nationally syndicated column. These new disclosures have obvious relevance to the criminal investigation of Patrick Fitzgerald, the Special Counsel who is investigating whether Mr. Rove violated a criminal statute by revealing Ms. Wilson's identity as a covert CIA official.

Independent of the relevance these new disclosures have to Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation, they also have significant implications for: (1) whether Mr. Rove violated his obligations under his "Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement" and (2) whether the White House violated its obligations under Executive Order 12958. Under the nondisclosure agreement and the executive order, Mr. Rove would be subject to the loss of his security clearance or dismissal even for "negligently" disclosing Ms. Wilson's identity.


Executive Order 12958 governs how federal employees are awarded security clearances in order to obtain access to classified information. It was last updated by President George W. Bush on March 25, 2003, although it has existed in some form since the Truman era. The executive order applies to any entity within the executive branch that comes into possession of classified information, including the White House. It requires employees to undergo a criminal background check, obtain training on how to protect classified information, and sign a "Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement," also known as a SF-312, promising not to reveal classified information. The nondisclosure agreement signed by White House officials such as Mr. Rove states: "I will never divulge classified information to anyone" who is not authorized to receive it.

And last but not least, the DCCC released a video on Friday reminding the Republicans of what they said when "Plamegate" began, exposing the rank hypocrisy they have run with in recent weeks.

Tom DeLay Escapes in the Shadows

Overshadowed by the Karl Rove firestorm was yet another chink in the armor of Tom DeLay's own defenses. Peter H. Stone of The National Journal breaks yet another story on DeLay's Jack Abramoff-related junkets, noting that one to Scotland also included a number of contemporary and prospective clients for Jack Abramoff. Reading the article in full, it becomes increasingly clear that this junket - questionable in its own right - was all the more scandalous because the ostensible "educational value" largely consisted of DeLay perfecting his golf swing.

"Some ethics experts and legal analysts say that Abramoff's apparent use of the trip to promote his own business interests might cause headaches for DeLay."

"Stan Brand, a former House counsel, said that the presence of Abramoff's clients on the trip 'casts the trip in a different light -- as a business development trip for Jack. It makes it harder to characterize the trip as officially related business.'"

Some of DeLay's votes supported legislation that could be viewed as favoring these clients, but perhaps it was just a coincidence. The DCCC Communications shop could not resist putting out a release in the context of the British Open.

BRITISH OPEN: Memories of DeLay's and Ney's High Times in St. Andrews Brought Back With Tournament This Weekend
As the Best in Golf Flock to Great Britain, it's Worth Remembering Who Else Has Teed Up at St. Andrews

Washington, D.C. -- This weekend, British Open golfers flock to Scotland's St. Andrews golf course as Republicans in Congress continue to bogey more holes for the American people everyday. Republican Leader Tom DeLay and top crony Congressman Bob Ney are just two of the ethically challenged Republicans to take luxury golf vacations to St. Andrews while families in their districts are left wondering what happened to their Member of Congress.

"With the British Open this weekend, two names you won't see atop the leader board are Tom DeLay and Bob Ney -- and I'm not just talking about thier historically low approval ratings," said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "While they've both golfed at the expense of super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff at the luxurious St. Andrews golf resort, neither makes the cut when it comes to paying attention to the families they represent. Tiger Woods may have birdied 7 of his first 12 yesterday in Scotland, but thanks to these Republicans in Congress, the American people are the ones who are really in a hole."

NEW Wall Street Journal Poll: By 55% to 28%, Americans disapprove of how Congress is doing its job... By 45% to 38%, Americans say they would prefer that the 2006 elections produce a Democratic-controlled Congress rather than a Republican-controlled Congress. [Wall Street Journal, 7/14/05]

DeLay Traveled to UK, Golfed at St. Andrews, Had Luxurious Accommodations. In May 2000, DeLay traveled to England and Scotland. According to Time Magazine, DeLay and his group had rooms at London's Four Seasons Hotel, dinners at the best restaurants in town and hard-to-get tickets for The Lion King. DeLay golfed at the legendary St. Andrews Golf Course, where Abramoff has a membership. Abramoff reportedly initially paid for several parts of DeLay's trip, a violation of House rules. [Washington Post, 3/12/05; Washington Post, 4/24/05; Time, 4/25/05]

Abramoff and Ney Traveled to Scotland Together. Abramoff's Foundation Paid for Chartered Jet. Jack Abramoff's Capitol Athletic Foundation paid for the chartered jet that flew at least six people -- including Abramoff and Ney to St. Andrews, Scotland and London in August 2002. According to House rules, members of Congress are not allowed to receive trips that are paid for by lobbyists. [Washington Post, 9/28/04]

Stem Cell Hope Marches On

The progression of H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, continues to be held up without a vote in the Senate by prominent Republicans. This past Wednesday, July 13th, Senators Harkin, Specter, Hatch, Feinstein, Kennedy along with Representatives DeGette and Castle, joined actor and stem cell activist Michael J. Fox in an effort to expedite the process. Holding a press conference and rally in the Senate Offices urging a vote on the Stem Cell Research Bill, the excitement was palpable. Senator Harkin pressed the need to bring a vote to the floor of the Senate without amendments.

"We don't want it getting lost in a conference committee. We need to pass HR 810 by a strong, bipartisan majority, and send it straight to the President's desk.

"Regrettably, opponents of this bill are trying to muddy the waters. They want the Senate to vote on 4, 5, or 6 bills, some of which have nothing to do with stem cell research.

"Their strategy is simple: They're trying to convince Senators that instead of supporting HR 810, they can vote for a different bill that promotes alternative methods of deriving stem cells. They figure that if they can pull enough Senators off of HR 810, that will keep us from getting the 60 we need to stop a filibuster.

"Let's be clear: these alternative approaches are currently nothing but theories. They are hypothetical, speculative, and totally unproven.

Diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and spinal cord injuries are just a few of the diseases and disabilities that have the potential to be prevented or alleviated through federally funded embryonic stem cell research. Millions of Americans and others around the world are suffering and dying from these conditions while this Republican-led Congress holds up this legislation. Embryonic stem cell research is essential and must continue without GOP blockades.

Unfortunately, despite the passionate support of Republicans like Senator Specter, Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist continues to play games with this profoundly important legislation.

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Moving the Goalposts to Protect Karl Rove


"President Bush said Monday that if anyone on his staff committed a crime in the CIA-leak case, that person will 'no longer work in my administration.'"
-- President Bush on Monday, quoted by the AP


"If anybody in this Administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this Administration."
-- White House spokesman Scott McClellan, September 29, 2003

-- President Bush, June 10, 2004, when asked whether he would fire anybody who leaked Valerie Plame's identity

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Price of Rove's Abuse of Power


Dear Friend,

It was hard to be surprised when I read this in Reuters about the Supreme Court nomination...

"Sources said the timing of an announcement had been moved up in part to deflect attention away from a CIA leak controversy that has engulfed Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove...'It helps take Rove off the front pages for a week,' one Republican strategist said."
When Democrats demanded that Rove be fired, it was about more than justice for dirty deeds done. It was about the fact that he was continuing as President Bush's top advisor on matters of supreme importance to all Americans -- literally.

We learned this week that Karl Rove was so adamant about smearing CIA agent Valerie Plame's husband that even White House aides were taken aback. When one asked him why, Rove replied simply: "He's a Democrat."

And yet President Bush allowed him to continue on in his job, despite his original pledge to fire any leakers, and Tuesday night presented a nominee for the highest court in the land chosen under the guidance of a man whose defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship at any cost.

We will not let Rove off the hook. Contribute today to help support our efforts to expose the truth about Rove's disgrace.

It is bad enough that the House is dominated by Rove's kindred spirit, Tom DeLay. Both of these men value power above all. They are the two most influential men in Republican strategy and policy, the men who tell the rest of the Republicans how to speak, think, and vote.

Their ethical blindness casts a shadow of dishonor across the entire Republican Party, who with precious few exceptions cannot bring themselves to utter the slightest word against the two.

Let us be clear here about who has been proven to be "in the loop" on the smearing of CIA agent Valerie Plame's husband:
  • Karl Rove: President Bush's Right-Hand Man
  • Scooter Libby: Vice President Cheney's Right-Hand Man
  • Stephen Hadley: Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's Right-Hand Man
Not only have they kept their jobs; not a single negative word has been said about any of them by the White House. In fact, let's be clear again:

There has been no indication whatsoever from the White House that what was done was wrong, and no indication whatsoever that they will not do it again.

To understand how profound this abuse of power is, consider that we are currently in a War on Terror, and that our country is desperate to recruit more qualified intelligence operatives. And yet the message from the White House is that, so long as the leaker is not convicted (apparently indictment is acceptable), they reserve the right to "out" with impunity any covert agent whose family member happens to rub the White House the wrong way.

Karl Rove hopes to slip away into the shadows, but we will keep churning the truth out for all Americans to see.

President Bush won't hold Karl Rove accountable. But we will.

Please help fund our efforts with a contribution of $35, $50 or $100 today.

Thank you for standing with us.

John Lapp
Executive Director, DCCC

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