Washington Lawyers Rally Around Embattled Leader; New Campaign Finance Report Highlights Biggest Contributors to Tom DeLay
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.Hardly surprising. The cash from the wiseguys with their hooks in various businesses never dries up when their Godfather is taking heat; he's seldom more dangerous than when he's about to be indicted.
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.