Friday, May 13

Buying Power

The following is a spread sheet that documents each and every Congressman and the financial and voting relationship to Tom DeLay. As I said before in Dangling DeLay, the ethics problems plauguing Delay are not just his alone - they hang around the neck of the Republican Congress like a dead albatros, particularly as the MSM finally begins to notice the truly shocking allegations of DeLay's connections to the Saipan Sex-Trade and Sweat Shops.

DeLay Ranking List –Top 25– –Full List–


Rank Full Name State District Party $ From DeLay (ARMPAC) $ to DeLay
(legal defense fund)
Vote % DeLay Rankings
1Tom FeeneyFL24R$10,000$5,00097.42%8.95
2Bob BeauprezCO7R$20,000$1,00096.41%8.93
3Jim RyunKS2R$31,777$1,00095.73%8.91
4Dave WeldonFL15R$13,569$6,00094.75%8.90
5Jim GerlachPA6R$20,000$2,00090.16%8.80
6John CarterTX31R$20,000$5,00098.71%7.97
7Eric CantorVA7R$15,000$1,00098.23%7.96
8Jo BonnerAL1R$10,000$5,00097.56%7.95
8Phil GingreyGA11R$20,000$5,00097.37%7.95
10Pete SessionsTX32R$21,644$5,00096.83%7.94
10Todd AkinMO2R$15,000$1,00096.93%7.94
10Devin Gerald NunesCA21R$10,000$5,00097.06%7.94
13Tom ColeOK4R$15,000$5,00096.63%7.93
14Mike RogersAL3R$14,500$5,00095.98%7.92
15Henry BonillaTX23R$12,942$15,00093.85%7.88
16Robert B AderholtAL4R$19,571$1,00093.66%7.87
17Tom TancredoCO6R$28,439$1,00092.36%7.85
18Jon PorterNV3R$25,000$5,00091.50%7.83
19Mark GreenWI8R$29,414$1,00091.13%7.82
20Rob SimmonsCT2R$29,500$1,00080.68%7.61
21Chris ChocolaIN2R$30,000$2,50097.81%7.46
21John CulbersonTX7R$5,000$5,00097.91%7.46
23Jeb HensarlingTX5R$20,000$5,00096.90%7.44
24Roy BluntMO7R$1,019$20,00096.25%7.43
25Howard P McKeonCA25R$20$5,00095.35%7.41
26Lamar SmithTX21R$20$10,00094.80%7.40
27Bill ThomasCA22R$20$5,00091.05%7.32
28James T WalshNY25R$20$1,00083.62%7.17
29Kenny Ewell MarchantTX24R$10,000$5,00098.88%6.98
30Gary MillerCA42R$11,017$5,00097.28%6.95
30Gresham BarrettSC3R$10,000$5,00097.25%6.95
30Michael BurgessTX26R$15,000$5,00097.63%6.95
30Steven A KingIA5R$15,000$1,00097.50%6.95
34Mike PenceIN6R$19,865$1,00097.10%6.94
35Joe WilsonSC2R$10,000$5,00096.64%6.93
36Mike RogersMI8R$20,000$5,00095.86%6.92
36Marilyn MusgraveCO4R$20,000$096.11%6.92
36Jeff MillerFL1R$10,000$5,00095.86%6.92
36Kevin BradyTX8R$10,000$095.83%6.92
40Trent FranksAZ2R$20,000$095.72%6.91
40Mario Diaz-BalartFL25R$10,000$5,00095.42%6.91
42J D HayworthAZ5R$15,765$1,00095.10%6.90
42Charles Pickering JrMS3R$11,565$1,00095.13%6.90
42Todd TiahrtKS4R$10,071$10,00095.14%6.90
45Ginny Brown-WaiteFL5R$20,000$1,00094.38%6.89
45Robin HayesNC8R$37,722$1,00094.69%6.89
47Anne M NorthupKY3R$32,000$094.24%6.88
48C L OtterID1R$15,000$50092.89%6.86
49Paul RyanWI1R$25,390$1,00092.26%6.85
50Walter B Jones JrNC3R$11,373$50090.04%6.80
51E Clay Shaw JrFL22R$30,020$5,00089.26%6.79
52Charles BassNH2R$14,233$1,00086.75%6.74
53Steven C LaTouretteOH14R$13,573$1,00086.73%6.73
54Marsha BlackburnTN7R$5,000$5,00097.49%6.45
55Darrell IssaCA49R$2,500$5,00095.83%6.42
56Frank D LucasOK3R$5,020$1,00095.32%6.41
56George RadanovichCA19R$7,047$5,00095.39%6.41
58Kay GrangerTX12R$4,982$5,00094.89%6.40
58Wally HergerCA2R$1,105$6,00094.75%6.40
60Randy CunninghamCA50R$20$1,00093.91%6.38
61Mark E SouderIN3R$5,014$1,00092.41%6.35
62Dana RohrabacherCA46R$8,583$5,00090.95%6.32
63Jerry LewisCA41R$20$5,00089.73%6.29
64Ralph RegulaOH16R$573$5,00086.35%6.23
65Lynn A WestmorelandGA8R$15,000$098.77%5.98
65Michael E SodrelIN9R$10,000$098.88%5.98
67John KlineMN2R$30,000$098.07%5.96
67Adam H PutnamFL12R$15,000$097.83%5.96
69Scott GarrettNJ5R$15,000$096.26%5.93
69John BoozmanAR3R$15,000$096.54%5.93
71Melissa HartPA4R$15,000$096.11%5.92
72Barbara CubinWY1R$22,520$095.31%5.91
73Dave ReichertWA8R$10,000$095.24%5.90
73Sam GravesMO6R$30,000$094.85%5.90
75Thad McCotterMI11R$20,000$094.34%5.89
76Christopher CoxCA48R$20$5,00093.97%5.88
77Roscoe G BartlettMD6R$10,020$093.56%5.87
78Don SherwoodPA10R$14,855$093.14%5.86
79Rick RenziAZ1R$20,000$092.58%5.85
80Vito FossellaNY13R$10,000$092.04%5.84
81Mike FergusonNJ7R$42,403$089.01%5.78
82Jim SaxtonNJ3R$10,006$084.85%5.70
83Sue KellyNY19R$12,020$081.82%5.64
84Katherine HarrisFL13R$20,000$096.76%5.44
84Randy NeugebauerTX19R$15,000$097.03%5.44
86J Randy ForbesVA4R$30,000$096.14%5.42
87John T DoolittleCA4R$4,375$10,00095.32%5.41
87Sam JohnsonTX3R$545$6,00095.33%5.41
89Dan BurtonIN5R$20$6,00094.66%5.39
89Ralph M HallTX4R$10,000$094.28%5.39
89Ken CalvertCA44R$1,020$5,00094.72%5.39
92David DreierCA26R$20$5,00094.23%5.38
93Spencer BachusAL6R$1,166$14,00093.41%5.37
93Duncan HunterCA52R$6$6,00093.47%5.37
95Jack KingstonGA1R$1,130$1,00092.63%5.35
95Cliff StearnsFL6R$20$5,00092.52%5.35
95Elton GalleglyCA24R$20$5,00092.60%5.35
95Richard PomboCA11R$5,020$5,00092.67%5.35
99Jerry WellerIL11R$4,520$091.87%5.34
99Rob Portman (resigned)OH2R$20$5,00092.25%5.34
101Jo Ann EmersonMO8R$1,000$1,00091.05%5.32
102Deborah PryceOH15R$20$1,00090.58%5.31
102Hal RogersKY5R$6$5,00090.72%5.31
104Mary BonoCA45R$8,500$5,00089.46%5.29
104Dave HobsonOH7R$20$1,00089.56%5.29
106Don YoungAK1R$1,592$088.95%5.28
107Paul E GillmorOH5R$20$2,00086.37%5.23
108John J Duncan JrTN2R$20$5,00086.08%5.22
109Geoff DavisKY4R$20,000$0100.00%5.00
110Jeffrey Lane FortenberryNE1R$10,000$098.86%4.98
110Mike ConawayTX11R$10,000$098.88%4.98
110John R Kuhl JrNY29R$10,000$098.85%4.98
110Tom PriceGA6R$10,000$098.88%4.98
114John SullivanOK1R$10,000$097.98%4.96
114Patrick McHenryNC10R$10,000$097.75%4.96
116Louis B Gohmert JrTX1R$10,000$097.67%4.95
116Charles W Boustany JrLA7R$15,000$097.67%4.95
116Virginia FoxxNC5R$10,000$097.73%4.95
116Ric KellerFL8R$20,000$097.32%4.95
116Dan LungrenCA3R$10,000$097.73%4.95
121Steve PearceNM2R$20,000$096.32%4.93
121Connie MackFL14R$10,000$096.63%4.93
121Michael McCaulTX10R$10,000$096.63%4.93
124Roger WickerMS1R$14,526$096.06%4.92
125Chris CannonUT3R$10,500$095.73%4.91
125Denny RehbergMT1R$14,500$095.37%4.91
125Mark KennedyMN6R$29,500$095.65%4.91
125Michael R TurnerOH3R$20,000$095.27%4.91
125Candice S MillerMI10R$20,000$095.55%4.91
125Charles W NorwoodGA9R$13,822$095.26%4.91
131Joe KnollenbergMI9R$10,192$094.55%4.89
131Tim MurphyPA18R$10,000$094.64%4.89
133Lee TerryNE2R$13,308$093.84%4.88
133Tom LathamIA4R$26,085$094.08%4.88
135Charles Wieder DentPA15R$10,000$093.26%4.87
136John M ShimkusIL19R$16,934$092.85%4.86
137Bill ShusterPA9R$15,000$092.52%4.85
138Kenny HulshofMO9R$14,964$092.14%4.84
138Howard CobleNC6R$6$091.82%4.84
140Ed WhitfieldKY1R$13,014$091.39%4.83
141Jim NussleIA1R$15,020$091.16%4.82
141Steve ChabotOH1R$21,224$091.02%4.82
143Shelley Moore CapitoWV2R$38,500$090.57%4.81
143Jeb BradleyNH1R$15,000$090.60%4.81
143Bob NeyOH18R$24,492$090.33%4.81
146Heather WilsonNM1R$36,959$088.32%4.77
147Timothy V JohnsonIL15R$25,000$082.98%4.66
148Nancy L JohnsonCT5R$10,020$073.41%4.47
149Ander CrenshawFL4R$1,000$097.48%4.45
150Henry BrownSC1R$5,000$097.13%4.44
151John BoehnerOH8R$20$095.99%4.42
152Joe PittsPA16R$624$095.66%4.41
153Sherwood BoehlertNY24R$10,020$070.14%4.40
154John L MicaFL7R$5,020$094.21%4.38
154Dennis HastertIL14R$20$094.15%4.38
156Joe BartonTX6R$20$093.39%4.37
157Jim McCreryLA4R$20$093.08%4.36
158Dave CampMI4R$225$091.16%4.32
159Bob InglisSC4R$14$090.37%4.31
160John E SweeneyNY20R$4,915$090.09%4.30
161Pete KingNY3R$20$088.33%4.27
162Michael G FitzpatrickPA8R$5,000$084.27%4.19
162Tom PetriWI6R$1,295$084.33%4.19
164Frank A LoBiondoNJ2R$5,692$081.32%4.13
165Wayne T GilchrestMD1R$5,020$079.65%4.09
166Ron PaulTX14R$6,000$074.51%3.99
167Tom ReynoldsNY26R$1,500$094.55%3.89
167John ShadeggAZ3R$4,520$094.72%3.89
169Vernon J EhlersMI3R$20$082.51%3.65
170Ted PoeTX2R$5,000$098.88%3.48
171Bobby JindalLA1R$5,000$097.73%3.45
171Cathy McMorrisWA5R$5,000$097.73%3.45
173Doc HastingsWA4R$5,930$096.84%3.44
174Rob BishopUT1R$5,000$096.70%3.43
174Thelma DrakeVA2R$5,000$096.63%3.43
176Mac ThornberryTX13R$14$095.77%3.42
177John LinderGA7R$20$095.70%3.41
177Patrick J TiberiOH12R$9,000$095.40%3.41
179Sue MyrickNC9R$3,520$095.09%3.40
179Mike SimpsonID2R$6,171$094.79%3.40
179Ron LewisKY2R$2,144$095.21%3.40
182Richard BakerLA6R$5,014$094.69%3.39
182Steve BuyerIN4R$873$094.55%3.39
184Nathan DealGA10R$3,245$093.85%3.38
184John E PetersonPA5R$603$093.97%3.38
184Bill JenkinsTN1R$1,000$094.22%3.38
184Ernest J IstookOK5R$20$094.13%3.38
184Terry EverettAL2R$6,020$093.94%3.38
189Greg WaldenOR2R$5,342$093.34%3.37
189Charles H TaylorNC11R$6,130$093.35%3.37
189Bob GoodlatteVA6R$20$093.55%3.37
192Jo Ann DavisVA1R$5,000$093.14%3.36
192Don ManzulloIL16R$20$093.11%3.36
194Jim GibbonsNV2R$3,602$092.28%3.35
195Michael G OxleyOH4R$20$092.24%3.34
195Gil GutknechtMN1R$5,778$092.11%3.34
195Zach WampTN3R$20$091.85%3.34
198Virgil H Goode JrVA5R$5,000$091.70%3.33
198Ed RoyceCA40R$20$091.64%3.33
198John HostettlerIN8R$20$091.63%3.33
201Michael BilirakisFL9R$20$090.81%3.32
201Henry J HydeIL6R$20$090.78%3.32
203Jerry MoranKS1R$1,000$090.31%3.31
203Joel HefleyCO5R$20$090.74%3.31
203Peter HoekstraMI2R$20$090.46%3.31
206Jeff FlakeAZ6R$5,000$089.98%3.30
206C W Bill YoungFL10R$20$090.19%3.30
208John M McHughNY23R$20$088.37%3.27
209Mark FoleyFL16R$8,531$087.76%3.26
209F James Sensenbrenner JrWI5R$20$087.86%3.26
209Judy BiggertIL13R$1,764$088.11%3.26
209Ray LaHoodIL18R$14$088.25%3.26
213Phil EnglishPA3R$9,036$087.42%3.25
214Jim KolbeAZ8R$5,026$086.71%3.23
215Tom DavisVA11R$4,520$086.19%3.22
216Lincoln Diaz-BalartFL21R$20$084.99%3.20
217Curt WeldonPA7R$1,020$084.32%3.19
218Rodney FrelinghuysenNJ11R$4,520$084.16%3.18
218Ileana Ros-LehtinenFL18R$20$083.96%3.18
220Fred UptonMI6R$20$082.15%3.14
221Jim RamstadMN3R$20$079.19%3.08
222Michael N CastleDE1R$20$078.36%3.07
223Chris SmithNJ4R$20$077.99%3.06
224Jim LeachIA2R$20$071.06%2.92
225Christopher ShaysCT4R$20$068.64%2.87
226Rodney AlexanderLA5R$5,000$047.57%2.45
227Joe SchwarzMI7R$0$095.51%1.91
228Tom OsborneNE3R$0$093.10%1.86
229Todd PlattsPA19R$0$089.05%1.78
230Frank R WolfVA10R$0$088.34%1.77
231Mark KirkIL10R$0$086.13%1.72
232Gene TaylorMS4D$0$052.84%1.06
233Dan BorenOK2D$0$051.69%1.03
234Charles J MelanconLA3D$0$045.45%0.91
235Henry CuellarTX28D$0$044.94%0.90
236Collin C PetersonMN7D$0$042.26%0.85
236Bud CramerAL5D$0$042.72%0.85
238Ike SkeltonMO4D$0$041.75%0.83
239Mike McIntyreNC7D$0$040.45%0.81
240John TannerTN8D$0$038.18%0.76
241Allen BoydFL2D$0$037.10%0.74
242Jim MathesonUT2D$0$036.05%0.72
243Lincoln DavisTN4D$0$035.53%0.71
244Tim HoldenPA17D$0$034.90%0.70
244Jim MarshallGA3D$0$034.92%0.70
246Betty McCollumMN4D$0$09.44%0.69
247John P MurthaPA12D$0$033.59%0.67
247Solomon P OrtizTX27D$0$033.71%0.67
247Jim CostaCA20D$0$033.33%0.67
250Leonard L BoswellIA3D$0$032.25%0.65
251Bart GordonTN6D$0$031.81%0.64
251Marion BerryAR1D$0$032.16%0.64
251Chet EdwardsTX17D$0$032.16%0.64
254Jim CooperTN5D$0$031.13%0.62
254Alan B MollohanWV1D$0$030.92%0.62
256John Tony SalazarCO3D$0$030.68%0.61
257Mike RossAR4D$0$030.00%0.60
257David ScottGA13D$0$029.78%0.60
259Ben ChandlerKY6D$0$029.72%0.59
260Jerry F CostelloIL12D$0$028.95%0.58
260Stephanie HersethSD1D$0$028.79%0.58
260Mike DoylePA14D$0$028.79%0.58
263Sanford D Bishop JrGA2D$0$028.16%0.56
264Earl PomeroyND1D$0$026.91%0.54
265Dennis MooreKS3D$0$026.24%0.52
266Nick RahallWV3D$0$025.40%0.51
266Adam SmithWA9D$0$025.69%0.51
266Dennis CardozaCA18D$0$025.25%0.51
269Rick BoucherVA9D$0$025.13%0.50
269Silvestre ReyesTX16D$0$024.96%0.50
269Vic SnyderAR2D$0$024.87%0.50
269Daniel William LipinskiIL3D$0$025.00%0.50
269Bob EtheridgeNC2D$0$024.90%0.50
274John M Spratt JrSC5D$0$024.49%0.49
274Paul E KanjorskiPA11D$0$024.29%0.49
276Jane HarmanCA36D$0$023.98%0.48
276Jim DavisFL11D$0$024.08%0.48
276John BarrowGA12D$0$023.86%0.48
279Gene GreenTX29D$0$023.48%0.47
280Ed CaseHI2D$0$023.03%0.46
281Robert E AndrewsNJ1D$0$022.60%0.45
281Jim MoranVA8D$0$022.51%0.45
281Melissa Luburich BeanIL8D$0$022.47%0.45
284Ruben HinojosaTX15D$0$022.20%0.44
284Bart StupakMI1D$0$021.99%0.44
286Al GreenTX9D$0$021.35%0.43
286Artur DavisAL7D$0$021.34%0.43
286Ellen TauscherCA10D$0$021.52%0.43
286Carolyn McCarthyNY4D$0$021.63%0.43
290Michael R McNultyNY21D$0$020.86%0.42
290Ron KindWI3D$0$020.94%0.42
290Norm DicksWA6D$0$021.24%0.42
293Steve IsraelNY2D$0$020.43%0.41
294Bill Pascrell JrNJ8D$0$020.11%0.40
294Joe BacaCA43D$0$019.93%0.40
294Darlene HooleyOR5D$0$019.87%0.40
297Harold E Ford JrTN9D$0$019.33%0.39
297Dutch RuppersbergerMD2D$0$019.54%0.39
297Shelley BerkleyNV1D$0$019.26%0.39
300David PriceNC4D$0$019.01%0.38
300Pete ViscloskyIN1D$0$019.09%0.38
300Ted StricklandOH6D$0$018.80%0.38
300Rick LarsenWA2D$0$019.04%0.38
304Dale E KildeeMI5D$0$018.73%0.37
304Marcy KapturOH9D$0$018.60%0.37
304David WuOR1D$0$018.54%0.37
307Charlie A GonzalezTX20D$0$018.13%0.36
307Steven R RothmanNJ9D$0$017.77%0.36
307Steny H HoyerMD5D$0$018.15%0.36
310Brad ShermanCA27D$0$017.65%0.35
310Jay R InsleeWA1D$0$017.47%0.35
310Ben CardinMD3D$0$017.54%0.35
313Mike MichaudME2D$0$017.17%0.34
313Brian BairdWA3D$0$016.82%0.34
313Loretta SanchezCA47D$0$017.00%0.34
313Mike ThompsonCA1D$0$017.09%0.34
317Robert MenendezNJ13D$0$016.48%0.33
318Frank Pallone JrNJ6D$0$016.07%0.32
318Joseph CrowleyNY7D$0$016.17%0.32
318Adam SchiffCA29D$0$016.07%0.32
318John D DingellMI15D$0$016.17%0.32
318Albert R WynnMD4D$0$016.01%0.32
323Emanuel Cleaver IIMO5D$0$015.66%0.31
323Susan A DavisCA53D$0$015.49%0.31
323Robert WexlerFL19D$0$015.68%0.31
326Ed PastorAZ4D$0$015.08%0.30
326William J JeffersonLA2D$0$014.79%0.30
326Jim LangevinRI2D$0$015.23%0.30
326Stephen F LynchMA9D$0$015.06%0.30
330Dennis J KucinichOH10D$0$014.28%0.29
330Sander LevinMI12D$0$014.68%0.29
330Lois CappsCA23D$0$014.58%0.29
333Kendrick B MeekFL17D$0$013.99%0.28
333James L OberstarMN8D$0$013.95%0.28
333Corrine BrownFL3D$0$013.99%0.28
333Patrick J KennedyRI1D$0$014.08%0.28
333G K ButterfieldNC1D$0$013.92%0.28
333Zoe LofgrenCA16D$0$013.79%0.28
339Brad MillerNC13D$0$013.60%0.27
339Richard E NealMA2D$0$013.56%0.27
339James E ClyburnSC6D$0$013.28%0.27
339Neil AbercrombieHI1D$0$013.71%0.27
339Allyson SchwartzPA13D$0$013.48%0.27
339Robert C ScottVA3D$0$013.34%0.27
339Eddie Bernice JohnsonTX30D$0$013.59%0.27
339Bennie G ThompsonMS2D$0$013.45%0.27
339Tom AllenME1D$0$013.25%0.27
348Marty MeehanMA5D$0$012.84%0.26
348David R ObeyWI7D$0$013.05%0.26
348Robert A BradyPA1D$0$012.75%0.26
348Sheila Jackson LeeTX18D$0$013.02%0.26
348Lloyd DoggettTX25D$0$013.02%0.26
348Tom LantosCA12D$0$013.02%0.26
348John B LarsonCT1D$0$013.16%0.26
348Anna EshooCA14D$0$012.83%0.26
348Carolyn B MaloneyNY14D$0$013.09%0.26
348Earl BlumenauerOR3D$0$013.07%0.26
358Russ CarnahanMO3D$0$012.36%0.25
358Brian M HigginsNY27D$0$012.50%0.25
358Howard L BermanCA28D$0$012.43%0.25
358Peter DeFazioOR4D$0$012.48%0.25
358Mark UdallCO2D$0$012.55%0.25
358Nita M LoweyNY18D$0$012.41%0.25
364Gregory W MeeksNY6D$0$011.93%0.24
364Tim RyanOH17D$0$011.76%0.24
364Elijah E CummingsMD7D$0$011.88%0.24
364Rush HoltNJ12D$0$011.95%0.24
364Tom UdallNM3D$0$012.01%0.24
364Timothy H BishopNY1D$0$011.99%0.24
364Eliot L EngelNY17D$0$011.93%0.24
364Gary AckermanNY5D$0$011.87%0.24
372Juanita Millender-McDonaldCA37D$0$011.31%0.23
372Martin Olav SaboMN5D$0$011.47%0.23
372Rosa L DeLauroCT3D$0$011.74%0.23
375Anthony D WeinerNY9D$0$010.76%0.22
375Sam FarrCA17D$0$010.81%0.22
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Vyan said...

The real scandal of Tom DeLay

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Creators Syndicate) -- Forget the freebie trips across the Atlantic and the Pacific. Forget the casinos and the allegedly illicit contributions -- they represent only degrees of avarice.

To grasp the moral bankruptcy of the public Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, you only have to know about Frank Murkowski and Saipan.

Today, Frank Murkowki is the governor of Alaska, but from 1980 to 2002, he was a conservative Republican senator from Alaska.

How conservative? His voting record earned him zero ratings from organized labor's AFL-CIO and the liberal Americans for Democratic Action, and perfect 100s from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Conservative Union.

But as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Frank Murkowski became furious at the abusive sweatshop conditions endured by workers, overwhelmingly immigrants, in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, of which Saipan is the capital.

Because they were produced in a territory of the United States, garments traveled tariff-free and quota-free to the profitable U.S. market and were entitled to display the coveted "Made in the USA" label.

Among the manufacturers that had profited from the un-free labor market on the island were Tommy Hilfiger USA, Gap, Calvin Klein and Liz Claiborne.

Moved by the sworn testimony of U.S. officials and human-rights advocates that the 91 percent of the workforce who were immigrants -- from China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- were being paid barely half the U.S. minimum hourly wage and were forced to live behind barbed wire in squalid shacks minus plumbing, work 12 hours a day, often seven days a week, without any of the legal protections U.S. workers are guaranteed, Murkowski wrote a bill to extend the protection of U.S. labor and minimum-wage laws to the workers in the U.S. territory of the Northern Marianas.

So compelling was the case for change the Alaska Republican marshaled that in early 2000, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Murkowski worker reform bill.

But one man primarily stopped the U.S. House from even considering that worker-reform bill: then-House Republican Whip Tom DeLay.

According to law firm records recently made public, lobbyist Jack Abramoff, paid millions to stop reform and keep the status quo, met personally at least two dozen times with DeLay on the subject in one two-year period. The DeLay staff was often in daily contact with Abramoff.

DeLay traveled with his family and staff over New Year's of 1997 on an Abramoff scholarship endowed by his client, the government of the territory, to the Marianas, where golf and snorkeling were enjoyed.

DeLay fully approved of the working and living conditions. The Texan's salute to the owners and Abramoff's government clients was recorded by ABC-TV News: "You are a shining light for what is happening to the Republican Party, and you represent everything that is good about what we are trying to do in America and leading the world in the free-market system"

Later, DeLay would tell The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin that the low-wage, anti-union conditions of the Marianas constituted "a perfect petri dish of capitalism. It's like my Galapagos Island."

Contrast that with what then-Sen. Murkowski told me in a 1998 interview: "The last time we heard a justification that economic advances would be jeopardized if workers were treated properly was shortly before Appomattox."

The "Made in the USA" label means standards of quality and standards of conduct.

But more important than how a product is made is how the people who make that product are treated -- as human beings with innate dignity -- who are free to organize and entitled to a living wage.

Did somebody say something about moral values?