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Soros Appears in Pro-DeLay ads

An interesting television ad went up last week in Rep. Tom DeLay's (R) Houston-area congressional district. The ad attacks Democrat billionaire philanthropist George Soros for his alleged funding of attacks on DeLay.

"George Soros: full of money and liberal ideas" says the ad's narrator. The commercial notes that Soros donated $25 million to efforts to defeat President Bush in 2004 and "bankrolled the liberals linked to attacks on Tom DeLay." Last month the Public Action Fund and Campaign For America's Future began running ads critical of DeLay. Soros donated $300,000 to Campaign For America's Future in 2004.

In the new ad aimed at Soros, the narrator goes on to suggest that liberal interest groups don't like DeLay because he "fights for lower taxes and economic freedom." Click here to see the ad for yourself (Requires Real Player).

The Houston Chronicle reported last Friday that Houston homebuilder Bob Perry funded the entirety of the $200,000 ad buy through a donation to the Free Enterprise Committee, which is the soft-money arm of the Free Enterprise Fund -- a D.C. based thinktank and political action committee. (One Democratic strategist pointed out that Perry was also a main source of funding for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads during the 2004 presidential campaign.)

The Free Enterprise Committee filed its paperwork as a 527 with the Internal Revenue Service in June 2005, although the organization did not receive any contributions or spend any money last year. In its incorporation papers, the group's purpose is listed as "education and issue advocacy regarding the free enterprise system and pro-growth, free-market economic principles (such as lower taxes, smaller government/less government regulations, sound fiscal policies, litigation reform, and free trade)." Because it is a 527, the Free Enterprise Committee can accept unlimited donations (like Perry's) but must disclose its funding sources and expenditures on a regular basis.

DeLay faces four other GOPers in the In the Texas District 22 House race's March 7 primary. Early voting for the race began today in Texas. In the likely event DeLay survives the primary he will move on to face former Rep. Nick Lampson (D) in the general election. Former Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is planning on running as an Independent in the contest this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 21, 2006; 1:58 PM ET
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Posted by: Roy | August 25, 2006 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Matt | August 24, 2006 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I have bookmarked you yet!!!!

Posted by: golden showers | May 17, 2006 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Lovely, I must say, there is not so much themes, which deserve a comment. This one is realy needful

Posted by: twinks | May 2, 2006 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It's as simple as this: Tom DeLay was a pivotal player in implementing the Republican's reign of indecency. George Soros is a pratical man, who cares about the human condition and wants to reverse this reign of indecency. Mr. Soros has the deep pockets and committment to put his money where is ideals are. Feculent Republicans such as Tom DeLay, their cronies, and mindless supporters hate Mr. Soros for it. That simple enough?
Everyone understand?

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal | February 21, 2006 10:51 PM | Report abuse


"For 350 years, six coal-black ravens have wandered freely around the Tower of London's inner courtyard as cawing barometers of the monarchy's vitality."

Those are some pretty long-lived ravens, aren't they? D'oh!

Posted by: also concerned about the Post's editing | February 21, 2006 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Delay is getting desparate! Has Lemon Scabie cut him off? Maybe he can go to work for Sun Moon Yuck giving testimonials about the Satanic liberal plot to bring down righty quackery. Its usually the convicted felons who find "religion" after the fall.

Posted by: Jimmy J. | February 21, 2006 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I just finished reading Mountains Beyond Mountains, the story of Paul Farmer and his health clinics in Haiti and elsewhere.

My main observation from that book is the money spent by the US and the UN on health care could be better spent, but it is not wasted by a long shot. The other observation is that a little bit of money, like the cash that Soros and Perry are using to wage war over someone like Delay, could save thousands of lives.

That said, people like Delay are so destructive that getting them out of office is probably worth any amount of money.

But I would prefer it if Soros's money put people in DC and the UN who knew how to administer the tax dollars that the US collects. Democrats are better at this than the Republicans, but that really isn't saying much.

Posted by: Choska | February 21, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

This headline is terrible. Post, I'm surprised at you. I nearly fell off my chair thinking "Soros Appears in Pro-DeLay Ads" meant *Soros* was pro-DeLay in the DeLay ad. Is this headline an attempt to avoid accusations of bias in saying a new pro-DeLay ad attacks Soros, which is much more accurate in conveying the truth?

Posted by: concerned | February 21, 2006 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"liberal interest groups don't like DeLay because" he's a perfect example of a Congressman who is both a crook and wildly disconnected from the interests of the average voter. The whole "lower taxes" shtick is just sheep's clothing allowing the wolf/Delay to keep pushing legistlation that chews away at the economic health of the middle class. And yet the typical Republican will keep right on voting for him because he punches the right "hot buttons." Tommie loves his sheep (burp)!

Expecting charges from the Bush-controlled Justice Department (did you see Gonalez's disgusting performance before Congress) against any Republican borders on the irrational. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: Judge Crater | February 21, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

George Soros is a "mensch" (a Yiddish word roughly translated as an honorable man who performs good deeds. That is why Republicans attack him. People who are mensches get under the Republicans skin.

Thank you George Soros for your continued advocacy for a better world for all.

Posted by: Jason | February 21, 2006 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, am getting tired of coded references.

The world would be a much better place if people say what they mean and accept the consequences.

In this case, this ad should not make reference to "George Soros." No, they should be much more explicit and say "uppity Jew George Soros."

There has been a concerted effort to demonize Soros. This ad is an example. But why make it difficult for your audience? Call him out as a Jew, don't make them guess at it!

It would be a much more efficient way to get your message out.

Posted by: Lame Man | February 21, 2006 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This latest attack by Tom Delay and his supporters is a clear indication that they are desparate. Notice how the pro Tom Delay add accuses George Soros for the same thing his benefactors are doing for him.

Posted by: Ron | February 21, 2006 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I would bet against delay no matter what happens with the investigation. His poll numbers are terrible and he is the poster boy for the ethics problems in the congress. Now if that is true or not doesn't matter since the perception that he is crooked is already out there.
Also the fact that Stockman is running as an independent is gonna pull votes out of his camp more so then from the Democrat running. Will it be enough to push the democrats over the top? Only time will tell.

Posted by: Andy R | February 21, 2006 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Fire up the Republican hate machine! :)

Posted by: Mike 234 | February 21, 2006 3:27 PM | Report abuse

There's a lesson to be learned here -- What the GOP has done to Soros, as a public symbol of big liberal money fairly or otherwise, is really astonishing. The left needs to make Richard M. Scaife, Rupert Murdoch, or his eminance Sunny Moon (I was for Kim Jong-Il before I was against him!) into the same sort of bogeyman for EVERYTHING. It's incredible that the Republicans manage to portray the Democrats as the party of billionaires, and more incredible that anyone buys it. For that matter, I wonder how much of this Soros-bashing is basically Tony Blankley line about "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust" rephrased for polite discourse. (And what major newspaper would let someone make a statement like that and keep his job?...oh wait...) I have problems with what a lot of what Soros has done, (particularly with Russia,) but I seriously wonder about the subtext sometimes.

Posted by: Mischa | February 21, 2006 3:26 PM | Report abuse

" ... the group's purpose is listed as "education and issue advocacy regarding the free enterprise system and pro-growth, free-market economic principles (such as lower taxes, smaller government/less government regulations, sound fiscal policies, litigation reform, and free trade)."

Hmmmm, wonder why they are promoting a GOP candidate? I don't get it!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't bet against Tom Delay unless he is charged by the Justice Dept in its current ethics investiagtion. Most fair minded people can see the Ronnie Earle prosecution as B**S*** and it won't effect their vote unless and until he gets charged by the Feds. Using Goerge Soros is just politics, really no big deal.

Posted by: Barry Hoomes | February 21, 2006 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Another payoff to a prospective felon by big-greed developer. Takes a big rock to hide these rotten worms, and they appear in every state and every area of government. May they all rot in....

Posted by: jbbauer | February 21, 2006 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. Character assasination is the preferred MO of faux Christian politicians like DeLay. Once again God pukes.

Posted by: Mike 234 | February 21, 2006 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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