Tom DeLay sentenced to three years in prison

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Tom DeLayDisgraced former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was sentenced today to three years in prison "on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations during the 2002 elections," according to the Austin Statesmen.

Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly, who began writing a "Daily DeLay" blog several years ago that led to the creation of this current blog, released the following statement:

“Tom DeLay's sentence of three years is an appropriate price to pay for the corrupt and illegal money-laundering scheme he hatched and ran. He broke the law and must be held accountable for his actions.

“Tom DeLay may be going to prison, but th epay-to-play system he perfected and exploited is alive and well today in Washington.”

An interesting epilogue to this whole scandal is that many of DeLay's former aides are now in powerful positions in the new 112th Congress, according to this story from the Washington Monthly.

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