Tom DeLay was convicted this week of money laundering, for violating a then hundred-year old law prohibiting corporations from giving money to candidates, whether directly or indirectly.
Naturally, he considers it to be a partisan vendetta. It’s hard to imagine that there isn’t at least some Schadenfreude going on here, so to that extent he is correct. At the same time, there are no disputes regarding the facts in the case.
DeLay gave $190,000, given to him by corporate lobbyists, to the RNC, who then distributed the money to seven Republican candidates for Texas state legislature positions. They had an 86% success rate, scoring six wins, which helped to push the state legislature to the Republican side for the first time since Reconstruction, and allowed for the controversial mid-decade redistricting, designed to maximize the number of Republican House members representing Texas in Washington, DC.
It’s hard to imagine anyone more hyper-partisan than DeLay. I can’t help but wonder if he’s pleased with the tone of the House today, as a reflection of his efforts of the last decade. And I wonder what it will take, and how long, to repair the damage.
- Tom DeLay, convicted felon (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Tom DeLay Is Probably Not Going to Get Life in Prison [Sentences] (gawker.com)
- Tom DeLay Convicted on Money Laundering Charges (theroot.com)
- The Hammer comes down: DeLay convicted (politico.com)