Abramoff Scandal
A Congressman no more, Tom DeLay bids farewell

Former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) gave his farewell speech to the House of Representatives on Thursday.

DeLay resigned rather than seek re-election due to ongoing legal troubles. He is under scrutiny for his ties to Jack Abramoff and for alleged money-laundering in Texas elections.

In January 2001, DeLay inserted an Indian Country Today editorial into the Congressional Record that praised Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin for his success in creating a reservation economy built on gaming, manufacturing and other enterprises [PDF]. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was Abramoff's biggest tribal client.

DeLay is linked to the Choctaws and Abramoff in other ways. In May 2000, a few months before putting the comments into the record, he went on a trip to Scotland with Abramoff that was partly funded by a $25,000 check from the tribe.

The Choctaws were the first to contribute to Focus on the Family, a conservative group created by DeLay's former chief of staff. The tribe gave $15,000, apparently based on Abramoff's advice.

The tribe also gave money to DeLay so he could throw parties at the 2000 Republican convention in Philadelphia. Later, the tribe and DeLay's political action committees each gave $5,000 to the Hampshire Republican Party in November 2004 so the GOP could jam the phones of a Democratic get-out-the-vote line.

Get the Story:
DeLay Pulls No Punches In Final Speech to House (The Washington Post 6/9)
DeLay Bids the House a Torrid Goodbye (The New York Times 6/9)
Rep. Tom DeLay Delivers His Farewell Address (CQ Transcripts Wire 6/8)

Relevant Documents:
Charges: US v Rudy | Factual Proffer

Relevant Links:
Rep. Tom DeLay - http://tomdelay.house.gov

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