Wow, Tom, Great job!

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Jun 29, 2005
10:44 AM EDT
This kind of research takes time and attention away from other things in your life. Thank you for compiling this and placing it here in a public record. Wow, kick ass.


Jun 29, 2005
11:21 AM EDT
its a shame that the pro windows + microsoft reports get aired across the web with reeding figures in the hundreds of thousands, while this well reserched quality article of pure uncomfortable truth sits here preaching to the choir.

times like this make me wish i owned a newspaper.

Jun 29, 2005
11:21 AM EDT
I appreciate your efforts Tom. I fear for our democracy when this sort of influency buying becomes so blatant.

Exposure is the best weapon against these back door dealings. When the lights come on, the cockroaches scatter.

Jun 29, 2005
12:26 PM EDT
Exceptional article Tom. Kudos for all the work you done. Hopefully, we all can keep this issue in the spotlight and spread the word to get more publicity regarding the issue at hand.

Jun 29, 2005
1:16 PM EDT
Maybe we,as the choir could post a link to other sites we frequent,as well as people we know.Every little bit helps.Truly a great article.Thanks.

Jun 29, 2005
1:41 PM EDT
I really appreciate the kind words.

I have researched this material for about three years - beginning with my efforts to create the Texas Open Source Bill that Senator John Carona filed. With all the encounters, research, discoveries, bewilderment, rejection, etc., I didn't catch a break until the Tom DeLay-Jack Abramoff issue surfaced.

Without all the background information, the news coverage of the DeLayGate(s) ethics violation would have just gone right by me.

Sometimes windows like this open and the only way the news reaches others is because we share what we've seen. Maybe this is an opportunity and maybe people won't care. But, I will do something about this because I think it will matter. Considering the alternative is self-defeating. If I'm going to be defeated, let someone else do it. To not share this is equivalent to saying we don't make a difference.

I believe everyone makes a difference and everyone is committed to something. When we don't act, that makes a difference - not the one we want. If we say we have no commitment, we're lying to ourselves. We're always committed. In the latter case our commitment is to no commitment.

So, we might as well act.


Jun 30, 2005
5:05 AM EDT

This would make a great piece for IndyMedia or Radio4all. Have you considered turning it into a radio show?

Jun 30, 2005
6:32 AM EDT
I would do it.

Jun 30, 2005
10:48 AM EDT
As far as exposure goes, you might be happy (or not) to hear that this report has been Slashdotted. Buckle down the servers, dave! ;)

Jun 30, 2005
1:15 PM EDT
Jack Abramoff is about as sleazy as they come - and I am not at all surprised to see him associated with Microsoft. Check out this page -

Jun 30, 2005
4:10 PM EDT
Tom: Greetings from Carrollton, Texas

While I run a MS shop here, reading through the reply string inspires me to look more into Linux.

I learned about your investigative journalism from a Google Alert that I set up to look for "Tom DeLay" AND "Jack Abramoff"

Here are some statistics to consider from the useful website (

Microsoft Contributions from 1990-2006: $14,140,200

Microsoft Lobbying Expenditures just from 1997-2000: $16,880,000

Microsoft employed lobbyists such as Jack Abramoff ($1,100,000) and Grover Norquist (>$280,000) whose practices are now being scrutinized.

You may learn more about how Microsoft has abused the special visa programs (which has been a Microsoft lobbying priority since about 1990) (Use "Microsoft" as the employer name.) at: or or

Dr. Gene Nelson

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