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DCCC Begins Airing Ads for Ciro in TX-23


by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 06:07 PM CST


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) began airing the following television ad in two markets in the runoff election set for December 12th between Ciro Rodriguez and Henry Bonilla. Watch it here or below.

I'd take that as a sign that the DCCC poll came back fairly positive if they are going to invest in this manner. They have already committed their national field director Adrian Saenz, internet/fundraising staff in Meghan Gaffney, and campaign spokesperson Vanessa Gonzalez.

Also today, John Courage sent an e-mail out to his campaign list asking people to help call voters using ciro.onlinephonebanking.com and donate to Ciro's campaign. In the past few hours he's raised over $1200.

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Spanish Version? (5.00 / 2)
Please say that they have a Spanish version of this ad too.  After all, this is district is over 2/3rds Latino.  Also they should do something with this video.  While they are at it, create an ad that morphs Bonilla's face into Tom DeLay's face, and talk about how Bonilla subsidized DeLay's legal defense team with money meant for Latino candidates.

Bonilla-a war profiteer? Documentation says "yes" (5.00 / 2)
Bonilla-a war profiteer? Documentation says "yes"
Larry Romo (photo)
Texas Demvets Chair

Researched by Larry Romo

Henry Bonilla + Alliant Techsystems Inc. Relationship

The Facts:
In early 2002, Bonilla bought through his spouse, tens of thousands of dollars in stock in defense contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc.

Later In 2002, the House Appropriations Committee designated and Congress voted authorizing $1.25 billion dollars for Alliant Techsytems, Inc. to provide Army munitions, $94 million more than the Department of Defense requested.

That same year, the Alliant Techsystems, Inc. Employees Political Action Committee (PAC) contributed $1,000 to Bonilla’s congressional campaign, in addition to the $500 he received in 2001.

With his vote in 2002 as a congressman and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Bonilla boosted the value of his own stock in Alliant Techsystems, Inc., a company that is receiving more defense appropriations as the war in Iraq continues, meaning higher stock values and more money for campaign contributions.

This conflict of interest is highly unethical for a public official. Bonilla used his position as a congressman to boost his family personal finances and his campaign.

Documentation:
Bonilla’s 2002 Personal Financial Disclosure: http://www.opensecre...

Alliant Techsystems 2002 Fall Report: http://www.biz.uiowa....

Bonilla’s 2002 Campaign Contribution Report:
http://query.nictusa...

 


I'm going to add the fact checking bit from Lone Star Project (5.00 / 1)
Lone Star Project Ad Fact Check

Claim: Henry Bonilla voted to cut billions in veterans’ benefits
TRUE: Henry Bonilla voted for House Concurrent Resolution 95, "that calls for deep cuts in veterans' benefits, including a $15 billion cut in VA programs.” (Source: Philadelphia Daily News, April 2, 2003, House Clerk -Roll Call Vote # 82)

Claim: Henry Bonilla voted against extending health care to the National Guard
TRUE: Henry Bonilla voted against allowing an amendment to House Resolution 1815 that would, “permanently extend health care coverage to National Guard and Reserve members and their families.” (Source: House Clerk -Roll Call Vote #221, Associated Press, May 27, 2006)

Claim: Ciro Rodriguez backed fully funding veterans’ health care
TRUE: Ciro Rodriguez voted yes for a motion on House Joint Resolution 2 that, "urged House conferees to agree to the highest spending possible in HJ Res 2 for veterans and homeland security” (Source: House Clerk- Roll Call Vote #221, The Washington Post, February 6, 2003)

Henry doesn't support our veterans!  Support Ciro!


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