Wednesday, May 18, 2005

You Gotta Spend Money to Win that Ethics Fight

Campaign finance records show that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has given more money to his collegues and Congressional candidates than any other House member in the last decade.

Rep DeLay wrote $3.5 million in checks for 432 Congressional candidates since 1995 -- nearly 75% of the House Republicans now serving. Campaign contributions pay off with votes for leadership posts -- and help if you run into trouble down the road.

What's Rep DeLay gotten for his money? Amid ethics charges in the house, a grand jury investigation at home, and three warnings from the House Ethics Committee last year, only two House Republicans have suggested the Majority Leader give up that juicy post.

Speaking of the Ethics Committee -- it has 10 members. Rep DeLay has given campaign contributions to 5 of them -- including $15,000 for each of two members.

Behind Rep DeLay, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is second in giving campaign contributions at $2.74 million. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is third with $2.68 million. (

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