July 22, 2005

Aww, Tom Delay Legal Defense Fund Needs Help

Public Citizen reports:
In the face of continuing ethics questions, embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s financial support from his congressional colleagues continues to plummet. He received only two contributions to his legal defense fund from fellow members in the past three months, according to figures just released by the U.S. House of Representatives.

For the first time, DeLay’s legal defense contributions did not keep pace with his legal fees. In the past three months, DeLay’s legal defense fund raised only $42,900 – $13,311 less than his legal expenses for the same period, which totaled $56,211.92. DeLay’s legal defense fund has spent a total of $90,216 this year.
The only two house members who gave to Tom Delay legal defense fund past three months are Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio) contributed $2,000 and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) contributed $5,000.
That total of $7,000 is the lowest amount the fund has received in one quarter from congressional contributors, a Public Citizen analysis shows. In the first three months of 2005, the fund collected more than four times that amount, a total of $30,000, from nine members. Contributions this quarter were substantially below the last quarter of 2004, when current and former members of Congress and their political action committees (PACs) contributed $174,500.[..]

“Clearly, the contributions to DeLay’s legal defense fund are dropping at the same rate as his stock on Capitol Hill,” said Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook. “Perhaps members are beginning to realize that there is no monetary fix for the damage DeLay has done to the ethical image of Congress.”
Go read an analysis of contributions to Rep. Tom Delay’s legal expense trust between June 2000 through June 2005.

Poor guy, he help build GOP majorities in the house and now this own congressional colleagues are slowing down their donates to his legal defense fund. It could not have happen to a better person.

(Hat Tip to MoJo Blog )


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