If you follow the trail of dirty money that Tom DeLay left in his wake, you might be surprised that the soon-to-be former Congressman was up to his armpits in scandal as far back as 1998.
The U.S. Family Network was allegedly a grossroots lobbying organization that was supposed to promote "family-oriented" political causes and the candidates that supported them. In reality it was a money-making scheme for its founder, evangelical minister Ed Buckham who used most of the money the organization for grassroots lobbying activities like securing a 15-year lease on an NFL skybox.
Other DeLay hijinx include:
- being sued by a former business partner for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, wrongful termination, loss of corporate expectancy, and injunctive relief
- settling out-of-court with said partner when allegations of perjury were leveled against DeLay during the course of said lawsuit
- gerrymandering the electoral map of Texas while serving as House Majority Leader, actions for which he was unanimously admonished by the House Ethics Committee
- being photographed smoking a Cuban cigar (DeLay is an outspoken critic of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro)
- blocking a Congressional fact-finding trip to a U.S. territory for the purposes of investigating allegations of corporate sweatshop labor practices and sex slavery
DeLay is currently under indictment for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. To his credit, DeLay is not one of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Thirteen Most Corrupt Members of Congress.