More good news for the Republican party:
Tom DeLay deliberately raised more money than he needed to throw parties at the 2000 presidential convention, then diverted some of the excess to longtime ally Roy Blunt through a series of donations that benefited both men’s causes.
When the financial carousel stopped, DeLay’s private charity, the consulting firm that employed DeLay’s wife and the Missouri campaign of Blunt’s son all ended up with money, according to campaign documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist recently charged in an ongoing federal corruption and fraud investigation, and Jim Ellis, the DeLay fundraiser indicted with his boss last week in Texas, also came into the picture.
The complicated transactions are drawing scrutiny in legal and political circles after a grand jury indicted DeLay on charges of violating Texas law with a scheme to launder illegal corporate donations to state candidates.
Blunt last week temporarily replaced DeLay as House majority leader, and Blunt’s son, Matt, has now risen to Missouri’s governor.
Fuck ’em all. If this is true and illegal, a purge is long overdue. This also flies in the face of what some people were saying about Delay and his wife several months ago:
Mrs. DeLay makes about $48,250 a year, while Mrs. Ferro earns closer to $40,000. At that rate over four years, the two of them put together would have made around $350,000. The remainder of the half-million comes from Mrs. Ferro’s consulting firm which works on DeLay’s election campaigns; it received $221,000 over four years (two election cycles), or about $55,000 a year…
Don’t get me wrong. I think the practice itself is a problem, one that we should pressure our representatives to end. It can lead to back-door corruption far too easily. However, for the Times and the Left to jump all over DeLay as unethical and singular in this practice is dishonest, ignorant, and transparently partisan.
As I said in April, “If this were the only strike Tom DeLay had against him, I would tend to agree with the Captain- this would be a transparently partsan swipe at DeLay. But, if this was baseball, and Tom DeLay were a batter, he would be working on his ninth strike.”
I really am sick of these people. I am sick of the misplaced priorities, I am sick of the me-first attitudes, I am sick of the ethical transgressions and the attitude that it is ok to cross the line, I am sick of what they have done to the Republican party, and I am just sick of it all.