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Letter to Congressman Sweeney: by 6czzqE


									Letter to Congressman Sweeney:

July 18, 2006

Representative John Sweeney
939 Route 146
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Dear Representative Sweeney,

With fresh questions being raised in the press about the relationship between your
campaign fundraising and lobbyists, we are writing to ask you to return questionable
campaign contributions and commit to putting voters before campaign contributors and
lobbyists by signing the Voters First pledge.

Today, the Times Union reports that you received $30,100 in campaign contributions
from lobbyists and other who attended the Winter Challenge. As you know, the
President of the Olympic Regional Development Authority has testified before a New
York s State Assembly Committee that your office generated a list of names to invite to
the Winter Challenge, in violation of Ethics Rules. It now appears that some of the
names on the guest list are campaign contributors to your campaign for reelection. This
is a clear violation of the public trust, an erasing of the line between the public's
business and your personal political interest. We believe a good start in restoring public
trust would be to return the $30,100 in campaign contributions from those who attended
the Winter Challenge.

Individual actions to remove conflicts of interest is a first step, but it is not enough. It's
important that Congress enact systemic changes to end the corrupt climate in
Washington that favors campaign contributor and lobbyists over constituents. We urge
you to sign the enclosed Voters First Pledge. The pledge asks members of Congress and
candidates to support three reforms: 1) enforce campaign-spending limits by providing
a set amount of public funding for all candidates who agree to take no private
contributions; 2) pass and enforce meaningful new restrictions on gifts and travel from
lobbyists and other powerful interests for members of Congress; and 3) require full
disclosure on the internet of all lobbyists' contributions and any fundraising help
members of Congress get from lobbyists. Please return the signed pledge to our office
in Albany.
Thank your for your consideration.

Richard Kirsch
Executive Director

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