Schmidt, candidate in OH-02, urged to return DeLay's money

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Jean Schmidt, the Republican candidate for the special election in Ohio's second congressional district (the seat was left vacant with Rob Portman's appointment to US Trade Representative), received two $5,000 contributions from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC on June 23rd and 27th, respectively.

With all the scandals in Ohio -- Bob Ney, Coingate, etc. -- do Ohioans want another representative whose in DeLay's pocket?

Today, we asked that question of Ms. Schmidt by urging her to return the $10,000 from DeLay's PAC. We sent out the following release to local reporters in the Cincinnati area:

Watchdog Group Urges Schmidt to Return $10,000 from Tom DeLay

Washington, DC – The non-partisan watchdog organization Public Campaign Action Fund urged congressional candidate Jean Schmidt to return two $5,000 donations from House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s Americans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (ARMPAC) she received on June 23 and June 27.

Majority Leader DeLay’s fundraising and ethics scandals have captured national headlines since last year.

“Jean Schmidt should tell the voters of the second congressional district in Ohio that she will fight against the kind of pay-to-play politics embodied by Tom DeLay,” said David Donnelly, National Campaigns Director for Public Campaign Action Fund. “Washington has too many lobbyists, too much money, and too many members of Congress who are in the pocket of Tom DeLay. Schmidt should do the right thing and return the contributions.”

Public Campaign Action Fund compiled the DeLay Rankings (www.InDeLaysPocket.com) earlier this year, which ranks every member of Congress and how close they are to the scandal-plagued Majority Leader. Contributions from DeLay’s ARMPAC were a major factor of determining a member of Congress’s ranking.

Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to holding politicians accountable for the favors they provide to big money contributors, and to advancing comprehensive campaign finance reform at the state and national level.

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We also urged residents of Ohio to sign a petition calling on Schmidt to return the contributions. Should a large number sign it, we'll consider some event in Cincinnati next week to deliver them to Ms. Schmidt. So, if you're from Ohio, sign away, or send to people you know in the Buckeye state.