Wednesday, June 22, 2005


ETHICS -- SECRET CONTRIBUTIONS TO DELAY WERE RE-ROUTED AND UNDISCLOSED: "A casino-rich tribe wrote checks for at least $55,000 to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political groups, but the donations were never publicly disclosed and the tribe was directed to divert the money to other groups that helped Republicans, tribal documents show." Mega-lobbyist Jack Abramoff told the Coushetta Indian tribe to reroute the money to conservative groups who helped pass the Medicare prescription drug legislation and Christian voter outreach. A DeLay aide had expressed concern that the tribe's donations should not appear on the contribution reports of DeLay's political groups. It was reported earlier that DeLay took a trip to Europe that was underwritten by contributions from Indian tribes. DeLay claims he was never told the tribes bankrolled his trip.

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