DeLay's staff disclosed that he flew to Houston on Thursday morning on a corporate jet owned by R.J. Reynolds, a longtime contributor that has flown him to Puerto Rico and other destinations; they said the jet was "used in compliance with regulations." The company, which has also given $17,000 to DeLay's legal defense fund, did not comment Friday.
DeLay was indicted on Sept. 28 and Oct. 3 in connection with allegedly conspiring to inject illegal corporate funds into that 2002 campaign and with allegedly laundering some of those funds through an arm of the Republican Party in Washington to conceal their corporate origin.Regulations, in this case, mean that for the use of a private jet, DeLay is required to reimburse RJ Reynolds for the cost of a first-class commercial ticket. Not a bad trade-off. Not bad at all.