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My Reply

Here's what I sent to the Galveston Daily News in response. Let's see if they print it!

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Letty Packard (2/14/08) asks whether Ron Paul truly represents the values and priorities of the Republican voters in the 14th district.

The names, locations, and contributions of individual donors for Ron Paul are on the front page of RonPaulForCongress.com for all to see. The sheer number of contributors speaks to Paul's wide-spread support.

Let’s look at contributions (source: OpenSecrets.org)

Ron Paul for Congress:
Contributions from individuals: 100%
Contributions from Paul himself: 0%

Now look at Peden's campaign:
Contributions from individuals: 35%
Contributions from Peden himself: 65%

Peden doesn’t make contribution detail public on his website. Luckily, we can go to http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00435776/31907... to see for ourselves where the money comes from. 22% of individual contributions are Peden's family or Peden himself. Hm, wide-spread support in the 14th District, huh?

More detail is at http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml (search "Chris Peden").

On the main page of Chris Peden's website, he says: "It is clear that I better represent the priorities and the values of the voters in the 14th congressional district."

Well, at least the priorities and values of a few select voters, Chris.

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By the way, my sources were:

Letty's Letter: http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=9cfb5e262813e...

Inspiration for my response (thanks, Ed!): http://countyseat.blogspot.com/2008/02/chris-pedens-cash-red...

Chris Peden's website: ht tp://ww w.chrispeden.org/main.html

FEC Itemized Receipts for Chris Peden: http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00435776/31907...

FEC Itemized Individual Contributions for Chris Peden: http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshContributorList...

FEC Candidate Loans for Chris Peden: http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshContributorList...