DeLay and Energy Companies: Best Friends Forever (At a Price)

For the first time since the House lobbying scandals broke, a company has said they were told that a contribution to Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee TRMPAC would curry them favor with him and help them influence legislation.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Westar Energy of Kansas was told that if they wished to meet with DeLay, they would be wise to donate $25,000 to TRMPAC. A luxury golf retreat with top DeLay aides resulted from the donation.