ethics

Things Happening In Threes

A Bloomberg.com article links Alexander Strategy Group (AKA "DeLay, Inc."), a Washington based lobbying firm who's pay roll, past and present, is a who's who of former DeLay staff and family members, is linked to "no fewer than" three current ethic/lobbying/campaign finance scandals:

Former DeLay aide Tony Rudy who is a focus of a federal investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

And the award goes to...

Ohio Rep. Bob Ney received a subpeona from the federal grand jury investigating allegations of wrong-doing by high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff. This gives Ney the dubious honor of being "the first lawmaker to receive such a demand in the expanding influence-peddling investigation," according to The Washington Post.

The subpeona seeks records and testimony from Ney's office.

Hhhmmm...

Michael Hedges at the Houston Chronicle takes a closer look at DeLay's record fundraising for his legal defense fund, as well as some of the expenses. Since 2000, when the indicted former Majority Leader was first charged with a House Ethics violation, the fund has raked in $1.4 million.

And then there were four

Roll Call reports that Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) has decided to return campaign cash that he received from the indicted former Majority Leader. The Ohio Congressman has donated $13,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

LaTourette has not commented publicly on the donation, but in a response to constituent/Democratic congressional candidate Palmer Peterson wrote:

Hastings: "Ethics Panel Won't Investigate DeLay"

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), chair of the stalled House Ethics Committee, has said that the committee will "not investigate a 15-month-old complaint about DeLay's role in alleged illegal campaign contributions in Texas" because such an investigation would duplicate Earle's work.

"We don't have the resources," he told the Yakima Herald Republic.

DeLay Indictment News Round-up - Where to Begin?

So much to read this morning!

more on indictment

Here is the AP story.

BREAKING NEWS: DeLay is Indicted

CNN is reporting that embattled Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been indicted on one count of criminal conspiracy by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas.

Per House ethics rules, DeLay is now required to resign his leadership post. Stay tuned for more details...

260 days

Democracy 21's press release announces that Congress convened 260 days ago and still the House Ethics Committee is not operating as it should.

What does this mean? It means that any ethics investigation into Tom DeLay's scandals will happen closer to next November's election, and there will be political pressure to whitewash the results, delay the findings, lump it all together with going after other members, or sweep it under the rug.

Ooohhh, Rush Says It was a Joke!

Under the headline "Everyone falls for DeLay Rope-a-Dope," Rush Limbaugh explains that, you know, all that stuff Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday about the budget being pared down, that was just a joke. That no one else got.

(You can see the story Rush is talking about in David's earlier posting.)