DeLay takes Bachus and ... $$$$ and Runs
Now that "Hot Tub" Tom DeLay has taken one for the GOP team in TX-22, Alabama perhaps need to be reminded that Vestavia Hills U.S. Representative Spencer "Sushi" Bachus has given at least $10,000.00 to Tom DeLay's legal fund. An April 26, 2005 piece in Public Citizen provides
But Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) found a way to circumvent the House rules, according to the Public Citizen analysis. He made one $5,000 contribution through his leadership PAC and a second from his campaign fund. That $10,000 total contribution makes Bachus the largest congressional contributor to DeLay’s legal defense in the last three months.
"Political shenanigans" facing the Bug Man motivated Spencer "Sushi" Bachus to cancel his B'ham campaign fundraiser for The Hammer once he was nailed with indictments. Several other Alabama GOP "representatives" likewise were showing The Hammer the love. This B'ham News report by Mary Orndorff reports that
All five Republicans from Alabama have either accepted campaign funds from DeLay's political action committee or made contributions to DeLay's legal defense fund, or both. Bachus' campaign fund and his leadership PAC each gave $5,000 to DeLay's legal fund earlier this year; Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, are listed as $5,000 contributors; and Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, gave $1,000.
Including Rep. Terry Everett, R-Rehobeth, all five Alabama Republicans have accepted campaign contributions from DeLay's political action committee over the years. The largest recipient is Rogers, who accepted $10,000 for each of the past two election cycles and also for the next one in 2006 for a total of $30,000.
Family values and good Americans! Of course Spencer "Sushi" Bachus then picked the right horse in the House Majority Leader battle which will likely assure Bachus the Chairperson slot on Finance. Peace ... or War!