For the latest news on the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texans for Republican Majority PAC (TRM), and other scandals.
Submitted by Fred on Sun, 10/10/2004 - 7:33am.
Admonishment: The House ethics committee rebuked Majority Leader Tom DeLay twice last week. DeLay seems to think the rules don't apply to him.

It takes a lot to rouse the House ethics committee from its lethargy, but House Majority Leader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay successfully jarred it to action. For the second time in one week, the committee unanimously chastised Delay for improprieties and for behaving in a way that reflects poorly on him and the House.
Submitted by Fred on Sun, 10/10/2004 - 7:26am.
AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN EDITORIAL BOARD
Sunday, October 10, 2004


After Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott praised his colleague Strom Thurmond's long-ago segregationist run for the presidency at a Thurmond birthday celebration, the outrage was unceasing.

Although Lott was contrite — even to the point of going on Black Entertainment Television to apologize — it wasn't enough. He was forced to resign his position as Senate Majority Leader in December 2002.

Today, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Sugar Land Republican known as "The Hammer," has been rebuked three times in two weeks by the House ethics committee for serious rules violations. Yet DeLay remains as arrogant as ever, not apologizing but attacking his critics.
Submitted by Fred on Sun, 10/10/2004 - 7:18am.
By Laylan Copelin,AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was downplaying the role he played with a group he created, Texans for a Republican Majority, even before last week's reprimands by House colleagues and last month's indictments of three associates.

"For some reason, particularly in the Texas media, it is like TRMPAC has a last name and it is called Tom DeLay," the Sugar Land Republican told The Wall Street Journal in June, referring to the group's political action committee.

Yet the committee's documents, now court records, boast of DeLay's involvement in the organization during the 2002 election and raise questions about his role with the committee and how much he knew about the activities of his three indicted associates, Jim Ellis, John Colyandro and Warren Robold.
Submitted by Fred on Sun, 10/10/2004 - 7:03am.
San Antonio Express-News

After the 32-page, minutia-filled contract the two major parties accorded to govern the presidential and vice-presidential debates became public, skepticism spread about what Americans could expect from rules that limit candidates to short answers, shorter rebuttals and ban their questioning and challenging each other.
Submitted by Fred on Sat, 10/09/2004 - 7:24am.
IT'S TAKEN TOO long, but House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's shady ethics may finally be catching up to him.
Submitted by Fred on Sat, 10/09/2004 - 7:12am.
By MICHAEL HEDGES

WASHINGTON - Tom DeLay should quit his congressional leadership job after another rebuke from a House ethics panel, top Democrats said Thursday. And while Republicans rallied around DeLay, Democrats accused their longtime antagonist of creating an "ethical cloud" over the Capitol.
Submitted by Fred on Sat, 10/09/2004 - 7:07am.
DeLay's foes force House to vote on special counsel
A surprise push for a probe into his actions is defeated, capping off a week focused on ethics
By SUZANNE GAMBOA
Associated Press


WASHINGTON - Democrats stepped up their attack on Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Friday, forcing the House to consider whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Sugar Land Republican's conduct.

The move came as DeLay went on the offensive after being chastised twice in the past week by the House ethics committee, accusing his accusers of libel and the panel that judged him of mistreating him.
Submitted by Fred on Fri, 10/08/2004 - 7:13am.
Lawyer, newspaper seek phone, calendar records related to his leadership

By CHRISTY HOPPE


AUSTIN – A newspaper and a lawyer seeking telephone and calendar records of state House Speaker Tom Craddick have filed separate lawsuits demanding the information, which the speaker maintains is confidential.

A grand jury is investigating whether Mr. Craddick improperly allowed lobbyists or political committees to influence his race for speaker in 2002.
Submitted by Fred on Fri, 10/08/2004 - 7:09am.
Editorial: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is an embarrassment to Congress

Twice in a week, the House ethics committee has admonished the Sugar Land Republican for behavior that "went beyond the bounds of acceptable conduct."
Submitted by Fred on Fri, 10/08/2004 - 7:03am.
By Dan Morgan, Washington Post Staff Writer

On April 23, 2002, lobbyist Richard Bornemann wrote a memo laying out a long-term plan by which Kansas-based Westar Energy Inc. could gain influence in Washington by "joining the fold, so to speak," of then House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.). Over the next several months, Westar contributed $25,000 to a Texas political fund affiliated with DeLay, and Westar employees donated $33,200 to various congressional campaign committees, including those of DeLay and senior House GOP members in charge of energy legislation.