Indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay saw a huge leap in money raised for his Legal Defense Fund this quarter, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
"Between July 1 and September 30, at least 70 individuals and 35 corporations, political action committees and campaign committees have contributed $318,020 to DeLay's legal defense fund to help him pay for lawyers to fight charges filed against him by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle," the release reads. "This represents a huge leap over the first two quarters of 2005. Between January and March, nine individuals and 11 corporations, PACs and campaign committees contributed $47,750 to the fund. Between April and June, eight individuals and three corporations, PACs and campaign committees contributed $42,900."
Ten members of Congress have contributed at least $5,000 from their PACs or campaign comittees. They are Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Michael Oxley (R-Ohio), Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas.), Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Tom Reynolds(R-N.Y.) and Wally Herger (R-Calif.).
So far this year, DeLay has spent more than $300,000 in legal fees.