Sunday, March 26, 2006

Republicans, making money the old fashion way

They steal it!

Fresh off the revalations that Ricky "The Dog Whisperer" Santorum lived off the largess of his charity, comes this information of how well Tom DeLay and his minions lived off of theirs -- with an extra bit of help from who else but Jack Abramoff.

A top adviser to former House Whip Tom DeLay received more than a third of all the money collected by the U.S. Family Network, a nonprofit organization the adviser created to promote a pro-family political agenda in Congress, according to the group's accounting records.

DeLay's former chief of staff, Edwin A. Buckham, who helped create the group while still in DeLay's employ, and his wife, Wendy, were the principal beneficiaries of the group's $3.02 million in revenue, collecting payments totaling $1,022,729 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. From an FBI subpoena for the records, it can be inferred that the bureau is exploring whether there were links between the payments and favorable legislative treatment of Abramoff's clients by DeLay's office...

...During this latter period, Buckham and his wife, Wendy, acting through their consulting firm, made monthly payments averaging $3,200-$3,400 apiece to DeLay's wife, Christine, for three of the years in which he collected money from the USFN and some other clients.

So many laws to break in so little time.

And finally, the kicker. This group was involved in exploiting the Mariannas Islands as well. Including the now infamous (but not infamous enough) toast by DeLay towards Abramoff. But it has one additional item I had not known, and it is quite befitting Tom DeLay and the GOP:

It was at this dinner that DeLay gave the speech in which he called Abramoff "one of my closest and dearest friends," according to a copy. DeLay also reminded Tan and his colleagues of his earlier promise that no wage and immigration legislation would be passed.

"Stand firm," DeLay said in his closing. "Resist evil. Remember that all truth and blessings emanate from our Creator." He then departed with Tan to see a cockfight, according to a written account by one of the trip participants.

What a man.

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