Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Irony just doesn’t begin to capture it

Okay, you’re Tom DeLay and you have pretty good reason to believe you’re under investigation for raising illegal corporate contributions. Three of your associates have been indicted for raising money for a state Political Action Committee modeled after your national PAC, and eight corporation have been indicted for giving the contributions. Lots of people have spilled a lot of ink on whether you will be indicted and, if so, when.

Adding more attention than you want on this matter, your colleagues just voted to give you a Get Out of Jail Free card. Kinda makes it look like you’ve done something wrong, doesn’t it?

So how ironic is it that your charity receives $100,000 from a private prison corporation called Corrections Corporation of America?

Read the gory details in the Houston Chronicle reprint of the Lexington Herald-Leader article entitled "Prison company gave DeLay $100,000".

LEXINGTON, KY. - U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whose aggressive campaign fund-raising is the subject of a Texas grand jury investigation, took a $100,000 check from a private prison company at a Lexington fund-raiser in August for a charity he operates.

DeLay, R-Sugar Land, has refused to identify donors to his nonprofit DeLay Foundation for Kids, despite calls for disclosure from government-ethics groups that criticize anonymous, unlimited gifts to the charities of powerful members of Congress.

However, Corrections Corporation of America confirmed last week that its chief executive officer, John Ferguson, traveled to Lexington to present $100,000 to DeLay's charity.

And the money is for kids. That’s a good one.


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