Texas Hires DeLay-Linked Lobbyists

The State of Texas has a $330,000 contract with Todd Boulanger, who used to work closely with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and who has close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay, reports the Houston Chronicle. Boulanger now works for the lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates. Texas hired the firm in January 2005 and then renewed the contract in November. DeLay's former chief of staff, Tony Rudy, introduced Boulanger to his wife, Jessica, who also worked for DeLay. Jessica Boulanger is now press secretary to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who is campaigning to become majority leader following DeLay's resignation of the title.

Texas has already hired another lobbyist with connections to DeLay--Drew Maloney, his former chief of staff. Maloney "was a key figure in the 2002 fundraising that brought DeLay a reprimand from the House Ethics Committee."Together, the two contracts are worth $1.1 million through 2007, to be paid by Texas taxpayers.

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