The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

DeLay due for a fall?

DeLay has his hooks so deep in the Republican party that no-one wants to tangle with him. And who could blame them? He's given and received so much dirty money you'd be hard-pressed to find a prominent Republican who wouldn't go down with him. Even though workers at one of his PACs have been caught laundering illegal corporate donations and funneling them elsewhere, DeLay is still having parties thrown in his honor by the party.

In the past 10 years, DeLay, who declined to comment for this article, has given $3.47 million directly to House candidates through his political action and campaign committees, more than any other lawmaker.

Three of every four Republicans in the House have received donations from him. And he went to Texas to help negotiate a reorganization of the state's congressional districts that allowed the Republicans to pick up five seats last November, allowing the party to record a net gain of three seats nationwide in the 2004 elections.

Republicans have a 232-202 advantage over the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The high point of the article is actually part of the headline, which states that DeLay "holds power by funneling cash." You just don't see that sort of honesty in the press these days.

Thanks yet again to OD1 for passing this gem along. As he points out, if the corporate powers that be decide that DeLay is a real hot potato, they'll drop him without a second thought.