Since August, we've been writing about local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's The Big Buy, which deals with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the allegedly dirty doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC). Last week, we had the item about how the filmmakers found distribution through Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films. Turns out DeLay's starting to freak out about the movie, which isn't even scheduled to screen anywhere till its May 5 Houston premiere, followed by its DVD release 11 days later. (Greenwald mentioned something about needing Stephen Colbert's security force on last night's The Colbert Report.) Click on the link below to read the entire missive DeLay sent out yesterday, trolling for loose change to combat DeLay's Democratic opponent Nick Lampson "and his Hollywood liberal allies." For a man who redistricted the state to gain more Republican Congressional seats, you'd think he would know that Hollywood ain't nowhar to be found on the Texas map. --Robert Wilonsky
The real battle has begun. This November, we face a serious challenge to our core, conservative beliefs.
The same day I secured the Republican nomination to continue serving you and the good people of the 22nd District, my Democrat opponent Nick Lampson's liberal Hollywood buddies gave me a "welcome" gift. They officially released a documentary about Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's partisan witch-hunt.
Much like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11, this movie is a blatant attempt to influence the outcome of an election. The director himself said, "It was important to get this out as soon as possible...given the elections this November."
Please click here to help me send a strong message to Nick Lampson and his Hollywood liberal allies: Texas Republicans Stand With Tom DeLay.
National Democrats are planning to hold thousands of house parties across the country to air this documentary, and raise money for my opponent.
Lampson's voting record is more in line with San Francisco values than Texas values — and voters will ultimately reject his radical, irresponsible positions. But given the well financed forces behind him who are determined to defeat me, we cannot take this race for granted.
Please send in as much as you can afford to help me fight back — there's no time to waste!
I am honored by the faith and trust you have placed in me.
As your Congressman, I will continue to work every day to represent our conservative Texas values: faith in God, the importance of family, maintaining our national defense, and strengthening our economy through lower taxes and less regulation.
I have always been faithfully committed to these positions and the principles that you have entrusted me represent.
In order to keep fighting for you, I need your help today.
My well-funded liberal opponent had no primary opposition and has just hit the $2 million fundraising mark. While I've raised more than him, we have primary bills to pay, and I can't count on a Hollywood video or the biased media to get my positive message out to voters.
In their attempt to influence the outcome of our Republican primary race, the Democrats' shenanigans are just the tip of the iceberg of what they're willing to do to defeat me.
Now is the time to show these National Liberals we stand together and are not afraid to fight for our conservative Texas values.
I urgently need you to renew your commitment in my campaign today.
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I appreciate your friendship, prayers and strong support over the years. Your continued help today will ensure we keep our district in Republican hands.
P.S. March 31st is the last day of the current fundraising quarter. Please act today and help me send a strong message to Nick Lampson and his Hollywood liberal allies: Texas Republicans Stand With Tom DeLay. Thank you very much.