Could there possibly be more big money political contributors who can flip on members of Congress, including DeLay? But of course.
It's come to light that two of the defense contractors that are at the center of the Randy "Duke" Cunningham bribery scandal had dealings with other members as well. And to no one's surprise, one of those members is Tom DeLay. From today's USA Today:
"One contractor, Brent Wilkes, provided private jet flights to lawmakers, including Reps. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is serving as majority leader while DeLay fights money-laundering charges in Texas."
"Wilkes' donations to DeLay included $15,000 from one of his companies to Texans for a Republican Majority, the state committee whose spending is at issue in DeLay's criminal case. Wilkes' company also hired Alexander Strategies, a consulting firm that employed DeLay's wife, Christine.
"Wilkes' private jet company, Group W Transportation, provided flights to DeLay three times and Blunt twice. In each case the lawmakers reimbursed Group W as required, records show."