Entry for April 04, 2006

As I watched Tom Delay’s resignation on C-SPAN today, sickened by his excuse making and name calling, I didn’t know that there’s a movie  The Big Buy: How Tom Delay Stole Congress. being distributed by  Brave New Films, co-founded by Jim Gilliam, former dot com executive turned activist filmmaker is in need of a double lung transplant after suffering radiation damage from treatment for two bouts with cancer.

Gilliam is a producer of Robert Greenwald’s “WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price.”  The two hooked  up through  MoveOn.org in 2003 to make their first project, “Uncovered: The War on Iraq” about the faulty intelligence that led us to war. They went on to make  “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism,” a look at Fox News’s propaganda techniques.  The company also produced  The ACLU Freedom Files television series.  

Here’s the pr release posted on the film’s website today–“Delay Lies Even About His Resignation:  Timeline Relayed to Time Magazine Not consistent With the Truth; Misstatement of Facts Leads to More Questions about Resignation.”

NEW YORK – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) apparently misled TIME Magazine about the details surrounding his resignation, leading to more questions about his decision to not seek reelection and to leave Congress in the coming months.

DeLay’s statements to TIME that he decided to resign last Wednesday, March 29, directly contradict the actions of his reelection campaign in the ensuing days, leading to speculation that he resigned for other reasons. Tony Rudy, DeLay’s former deputy chief of staff, pled guilty to corruption charges last Friday, March 31, and pledged to help with a federal investigation of bribery and lobbying fraud.

A day after DeLay’s supposed decision to abandon his reelection bid, his campaign sent out a strongly worded fundraising email (below) attacking a new film, The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay Stole Congress, and pledging to “…continue to work every day to represent our conservative Texas values…” The Thursday fundraising solicitation calls into question DeLay’s assertion that he decided to resign the day before, and raises further speculation that the guilty plea of Rudy – and his decision to cooperate with government investigators – played a larger role than the former Majority Leader admits.

“Tom DeLay continues to mislead the American people, even as he resigns in shame,” said Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, the two Texas filmmakers behind The Big Buy. “It is more important than ever that people take a close look at what DeLay did in Texas and nationally – he tried to buy a permanent Republican majority in Congress with corporate money. His resignation doesn’t change the fact that we are in a fight for the life of our democracy, and that the fight against the corporate corruption of Congress will continue.”

Here’s what was still posted on Delay’s site tonight as I write this:

Dear Friend,

I would be honored to have your help as I seek re-election and the job of working for you and our community. Please contribute using the secure form below.

Your gift will be immediately put to work. Thank You.

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