Thursday, October 06, 2005

Did Boustany Get DeLay $$$ from Blunt?

The Associated Press carried a very interesting story on Wednesday about the fund raising habits of ethically-challenged former GOP House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Here's the lead paragraph:
WASHINGTON - Tom DeLay deliberately raised more money than he needed to throw parties at the 2000 presidential convention, then diverted some of the excess to longtime ally Roy Blunt through a series of donations that benefited both men's causes.
The article describes a "financial carousel" that involved DeLay and his (temporary?) successor as House Majority Leader Roy Blunt and other nefarious characters like Indian-Scammin' "lobbyist" Jack Abramoff — that's right, the guy who ripped off the Coushatta Indians of Kinder (located inside Boustany's 7th Congressional District).

One aspect of the carousel is that money from DeLay would make its way into a PAC operated by Blunt that operated under the name "Rely On Your Beliefs Fund" — get it, "ROY B Fund"?

Well, it turns out that our own 7th District Republican Congressman Charles Boustany was the beneficiary of money from Rely On Your Beliefs to the tune of $15,000. You can see the details here. Look under "Charles Boustany Jr. For Congress" contributions. The contributions are listed alphabetically, so you'll pass the $15,000 from DeLay's "Americans for a Republican Majority" before you get to the three entries for Blunt's "Rely On Your Beliefs."

So, theoretically, Boustany could have received as much as $30,000 from DeLay.

Earlier this week, sent out emails to their supporters in the 7th District urging them to call Boustany's office and demand that the rookie Congressman return the money he got from Tom DeLay.

No public response from Boustany yet. But, this looks like it could get to be a pretty expensive proposition for Boustany to give back ALL the tainted money he got from DeLay and company.

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