Friday, July 08, 2005
Our distinguished colleague Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla links to this update on the one Republican politician who was absolutely thrilled when the press began to focus on the ethical misdeeds of Messrs. Cunningham and Rove:
A company indicted in a Texas campaign fundraising case says it was told that by giving a Tom DeLay political committee $25,000, company officials would get access to the U.S. House majority leader to influence legislation.
In court documents, Westar Energy of Kansas says that to meet with Mr. DeLay in 2002, company officials "were told they needed to write a check for $25,000" to Texans for a Republican Majority, known as TRMPAC.
It's the first time a company has said it donated to the Texas committee created by Mr. DeLay in exchange for a meeting and legislative help.
An aide to Mr. DeLay denied that he was swayed by the donation.
"Anyone who has worked with Majority Leader DeLay knows that his legislative efforts are based on sound public policy alone," spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty said . . . .
The provision sought by Westar was included in a House bill with Mr. DeLay's support but was ultimately withdrawn after a grand jury in Austin began investigating corporate fundraising in 2002 Texas legislative races.