October 16, 2005
UPDATED: I think this is what is meant by “throwing good money after bad:”
Cash in the campaign coffers of Rep. Tom DeLay rose to $1.2 million over the past three months, although much of the money came before the former majority leader was indicted in Texas.
DeLay raised about $920,000 in the three months that began July 1 and ended Sept. 30 in anticipation of a March primary race. His Democratic challenger in the November election is expected to be former Rep. Nick Lampson, who lost his seat in 2004 after he was forced to run in a new district under a redistricting plan pushed by DeLay.
Aide Shannon Flaherty said Sunday that the fundraising set a new record for DeLay. His previous three-month top haul was $800,000, she said.
Among the contributions: $2,100 from state representative Beverly Woolley, a Houston Republican who was subpoenaed as part of the investigation into DeLay. Woolley was a fundraiser for Texans for a Republican Majority—the political action committee founded by DeLay that is at the heart of the conspiracy and money-laundering charges against him.
DeLay is due to appear in court next Friday.
UPDATE: Turns out that Wal-Mart’s PAC gave DeLay $5,000 two days after he was indicted. Always low ethical standards. Always.
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