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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

TX-22: Tom DeLay Getting Probed for Corruption

Posted by Bob Brigham


WASHINGTON - Retreating under pressure, Republicans on the House ethics committee said Wednesday they were ready to open an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing against Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

This is going to get good!

Four of the five Republicans on the committee were ready to move ahead, said Rep. Doc Hastings, the panel's Republican chairman. The panel also has five Democratic members.

The Republicans were "prepared to vote at the earliest opportunity to empanel an investigations subcommittee to review various allegations concerning travel and other actions" by DeLay, he said.

The ethics committee has authority to start an investigation based on information it receives "through public and other sources," Hastings said.

This is a big day for DeLay news, this broke earlier:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay treated his political donors to a bird's-eye view of a Three Tenors concert from an arena skybox leased by a lobbyist now under criminal investigation.

DeLay's political action committee did not reimburse lobbyist Jack Abramoff for the May 2000 use of the skybox, instead treating it as a type of donation that didn't have to be disclosed to election regulators at the time.

The skybox donation, valued at thousands of dollars, came three weeks before DeLay also accepted a trip to Europe — including golf with Abramoff at the world-famous St. Andrews course — for himself, his wife and aides that was underwritten by some of the lobbyist's clients.

Two months after the concert and trip, DeLay voted against gambling legislation opposed by some of Abramoff's Indian tribe clients.

House ethics rules require lawmakers to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest.

Posted at 03:39 PM in 2006 Elections - House, Republicans, Texas | Technorati


Heh. You said "probed." I hope it's of the UFO aliens variety.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2005 04:29 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

In other DeLay news, DFA members have chosen the slogan to place on billboards around TX-22:

Corporations gave millions to send Tom DeLay golfing, and all you got was this billboard.

The voting took place over the past few days, and apparently, not only was it the favorite of DFA members in general, but also the favorite of Texans (thus pre-empting the "outsiders" arguments).

Full story is here.

Posted by: Fran for Dean [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2005 05:23 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment