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This Week: Ethics
This Week
June 3, 2005

This week on NOW:

Allegations of ethics violations swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay have raised serious questions about a possible epidemic of "pay-to-play" politics in American government. NOW investigates the charges against DeLay and shines a spotlight on the real-world consequences of special interests, lobbyists, and big campaign donors using money and gifts to exert influence over our elected officials. The program looks at the sweatshop working conditions in the Marianas Islands, an American territory, which are the focus of new allegations that an aide to DeLay offered federal money to local legislators who opposed reforming the garment industry there. In the report, Republican Congressman Chris Shays comments on the allegations, telling NOW: "My instinct, my gut, tells me there'll be more because Tom is constantly pushing that ethical limit to the extreme."

What can the career of Mark "Deep Throat" Felt tell us about the Patriot Act? David Brancaccio weighs in.

In Depth

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay's Ethics Problems

DeLay and Texans for a Republican Majority

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff

Congressional Ethics Rules

Campaign Finance on NOW

Nixon campaign photo

Reliving Watergate

John Dean on Presidential Secrecy

Civil Liberties and National Security on NOW


Talk back on the message boards.


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The Ethics Mess (18:53)

Deep Throat and The Patriot Act(3:54)


The Ethics Mess
Producer: Bryan Myers
Editor: Larry Goldfine

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