fundraising

DeLay's Pre-Primary Report

Tom DeLay had to file his pre-primary fundraising and expenses with the FEC.

What do you see of note?

Here are some interesting notes:

No media expenses I can tell.

DeLay spent $92.01 for pest control on 2/8/06. I guess those cockroaches follow him everywhere, like homing pigeons.

He spent $3895 on rent in January and February. That seems very high.

DeLay Challenger Goes to Utah In Search Of Campaign Cash

Tom Campbell, who is challenging DeLay for the GOP nod in TX-22, headed north to Salt Lake City in search of campaign cash. Campbell, who is self-declaring himself a "reformer," attended a fundraiser held by Sen. Orrin Hatch's son. Entry fee to the event varied from $250 to $1,000.

When asked about his campaign, Campbell said "the bottom line is: It runs on money."

Spoken like a true "reformer"....

Mr. DeLay Goes To Austin

DeLay is heading to Austin in search of campaign cash (how ironic): From KXAN.com news brief:

"Congressman Tom DeLay of Sugarland returns to Austin, not for another court appearance, but for two fundraisers. The former U.S. House Majority Leader denies any wrongdoing as he faces money laundering charges related to Texas Legislative races back in 2002."

Hard Times Besets DeLay's Fundraising Ability

DeLay's campaign committee had a rough fourth quarter. They raised $872,621.92 but had to spend $589,557.30 on fundraising costs. DeLay now only has $281,000 more than he did at the end of the third quarter.

Lampson's Cash On Hand Is Even With DeLay's

Democratic candidate for congress and potential DeLay challenger Nick Lampson has reported that his campaign is just shy of $1.3 million in cash on hand. This almost matches the $1.4 million that the DeLay campaign has reported. Lampson has almost wiped out DeLay's fundraising advantage.

Stop That Train!

Three cheers for the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus, who definitely understands what's going on. In "Derail These Fundraisers," she puts her finger precisely on what is so corrupt about Washington's pay-to-play culture, and why real reform is needed, and could make a big difference.

Who said this?

"The election process has turned into an incumbency protection process in which lobbyists attend PAC fundraisers to raise money for incumbents so they can drown potential opponents, thus creating war chests that convince candidates not to run and freeing up incumbents to spend more time in Washington PAC fundraisers. So, in effect, this city is building a wall of money to protect itself from America."

Staffer A is Tony Rudy

The Department of Justice's document outlining the charges (pdf) against Jack Aramoff include this:

A Graphic Graphic

Where Tom DeLay spends his donors money, courtesy of an AP graphic designer:


(From Juanita.)

End of the Year Goal

We don't fundraise often at the Daily DeLay, but today we're making an exception. The public needs to know about corrupt politicians and we plan to tell them -- in targeted districts around the country in 2006.