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Among the sudden philanthropists: Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.), and Ohio Rep. Bob Ney.
But did you notice the list lacks any local names? Makes you wonder. It can't be that our guys lacks guts or guile. Could it be that area reps don't carry enough clout to deserve "incentives"? Maybe, since the donor brigade is made up entirely of Republicans. Then again, maybe we just don't have any give-money-back types. After all, local state reps sure dragged their feet on returning any swill-gotten gains from that Harrisburg pay raise.