|Tom DeLay- Corporate Whore|
DeLay aide got thousands from non-profit
The Washington Post
Published March 26, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A top adviser to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) received nearly a third of all the money collected by the U.S. Family Network, a non-profit organization the adviser created to promote a pro-family agenda in Congress, according to the group's accounting records.
DeLay's former chief of staff, Edwin Buckham, who helped create the group while still in DeLay's employ, and his wife were the principal beneficiaries of the group's $3.23 million in revenues, collecting payments totaling $996,754 during a five-year period ending in 2001, public and private records show.
The group's revenue was drawn mostly from clients of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to its records. An FBI subpoena for the records appears to indicate the bureau is exploring whether the payments were linked to favorable legislative treatment of Abramoff's clients by DeLay's office.
In recent months, Abramoff pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud and conspiracy; DeLay has stepped down from his post as House majority leader; and Buckham has folded his lobbying firm.
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