November 17, 2005
The Sugar Land money pit
WASHINGTON – An A-list of Washington lobbyists will throw a fundraiser Thursday for Rep. Tom DeLay, a sure sign the Sugar Land Republican still has friends despite an indictment that forced him to step down as House majority leader.
“Most of the groups and people in D.C. realize the contribution that Mr. DeLay has made to the party and the influence that he still has,” said Carl Forti, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Seven weeks ago, a grand jury in Austin charged Mr. DeLay with violating state campaign law, triggering a House GOP rule requiring him to leave the leadership.
Still, at least they’re getting value for money:
Mr. DeLay has also been busy raising money for his legal defense, bringing in $318,000 in the last three months.
… “Tom DeLay has been sitting atop the pay-to-play culture in Washington ever since he got here, and if there’s even an inkling of a chance that he comes back, they want to be sure they’re in a position to reap the rewards that he’s been known to so freely give,” said Bill Burton, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Or as Mike Malaise, spokesman for DeLay’s likely opponent Nick Lampson, puts it:
“These lobbyists are not supporting Tom DeLay because they think he’s a statesman. They are supporting him precisely because he is willing to skirt the law and rules of ethics to deliver for them at the expense of his own district.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
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