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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Hey, Hey, Bob Ney . . . Part VI

Ney_zanesvilleGood news from Bring Ohio Home. The Campaign for America's Future has launched the opening salvo in a campaign to let constituents here in Ohio's 18th District know just what our Republican congressman, Bob Ney, has been up to so we bring him down! (Go here for a list of links to my earlier posts on Bob.)

On Thursday, June 16, CFAF ran the ad on the left -- only full-page size! -- in newspapers in Zanesville and Chillicothe, two of the larger town/cities in Ney's east-central Ohio district.

Here are the highlights from the Campaign's more detailed "rap sheet" on Bob Ney over at its website:

  • Ney used the power of his office to help a Washington lobbyist buy a casino company in Florida. Shortly after the deal fell through, the company's owner was killed in what police describe as a professional hit.
  • After a Texas Indian tribe gave Ney tens of thousands of dollars in contributions and helped send him on a luxury golfing trip to Scotland, he assisted them in their attempts to open a casino. Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff paid for a luxury golfing vacation to Scotland.
  • Ney put predatory lenders above Ohioans.
  • Ney's colleagues are tightly wired to influence peddlers. Former Chief of Staff, Neil Volz, worked for Jack Abramoff's firm.
  • Ney helped Jack Abramoff's client win a U.S. House contract.
  • Ney helped Jack Abramoff's client win a U.S. House contract.
  • Ney voted to relax ethics rules in Congress.
  • Ney twice opposed establishing a bipartisan ethics task force.

But those are just the highlights. For details, click the "rap sheet" link and read the whole thing . . .

Even CFAF's rundown doesn't cover everything Bob Ney has done. Who could? But here's some other stuff our boy Bob's been up to:

A New Bill in Congress Threatens to Leave Homeowners at the Mercy of Predatory Lenders, Says Policy Group  Mar 17, 2005
The bill by Congressmen Robert Ney of Ohio and Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania would preempt state laws proven effective at curbing abusive lending and replace them with a weak federal standard. The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and research group, urges Congress to reject this bill in its current form, which CRL regards as an attempt by lenders to get around strong predatory lending laws. (PR Newswire) [Via Surwax]

Scams to rip off our money start at the top - Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rep. Mike Pence and Ohio Rep. Bob Ney want to throw out the spending limits under the Campaign Reform statutes . . . [Via BOH]

Ney wins federal money to demolish privately owned bridge - Akron, OH
A privately owned bridge be demolished using tax-payer monies under a provision that Ney has inserted in a transportation bill making its way through Congress. The St . . .

Campaigns pay off for kin of legislators- Cleveland, OH
-- Ohio congressman Bob Ney usually coasts to lopsided election victories, sometimes without an opponent, yet his wife and son have earned more than $117,000 . . . [Via BOH]

Watchdog group says support of bill raises questions - New Philadelphia, OH
... Bob Ney co-sponsored a bill seeking to make it easier for tribal governments to issue tax-exempt bonds. The St. Clairsville Republican held a Feb. [Via BOH]

The list goes on and on . . . Oh, just go to Bring Ohio Home's frequently updated page on Bob Ney, his district and his name in the news.


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