Washington Lawyers Rally Around Embattled Leader

WASHINGTON – Majority Leader Tom DeLay raised more money from corporate interests in the last quarter than any other reporting period in his career, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Rep. DeLay reported nearly $800,000 in contributions from political action committees and individual contributors between April 1 and June 30. He received very little money from leadership PACs, candidate committees and conservative interest groups.

Campaign for America’s Future Deputy Director Ellen Miller noted that corporate special interests are undeterred by the ethical cloud over Rep. DeLay.

“This shows how mercenary politics has become under his partisan leadership,” said Miller. “Political powerbrokers have checked their consciences at the door. Imagine the message this sends to Americans: The more you epitomize the most corrupt Congress, the more corporate special contributors rally around you.”

Rep. DeLay’s leading contributors include Amgen, the world’s largest biotech company, and IDT, a telecommunications wholesaler. Amgen gave Rep. DeLay $12,500 and IDT gave him $11,000. Rep. DeLay last year went on a $3,500 one-day trip to Philadelphia, paid for by IDT.

Amgen’s Washington lobbyists include Tony Rudy at the Alexander Strategy Group. Rudy, a former member of Rep. DeLay’s staff, heads Amgen’s Medicare reform team. Washington lobbyists Allison Shulman and Edward Stewart of the Alexander Strategy Group also contributed to Rep. DeLay. The Alexander Strategy Group is headed by Rep. DeLay’s former chief of staff, Ed Buckham.

Pharmaceutical companies gave Rep. DeLay $40,000 and Wall Street firms gave him $38,000. Most of Rep. DeLay’s money came from the real estate, construction and legal industries. Real estate companies gave $52,350, construction gave $48,280 and lawyers and law firms gave $43,615.

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**NOTE: A complete copy of the analysis and tables can be found at www.ourfuture.org/document.cfm?documentID=2004. **