Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Rep. Tom DeLay’s reelection campaign sent out a fundraising letter today signed by his daughter, Dani DeLay Ferro. (Read the letter here.)
It’s quite touching:
On behalf of my mom and dad, I want to express their most heartfelt appreciation for all of the calls, e-mail, and notes of support they have received over the past forty-eight hours.
As he has done throughout his time serving in our region, Congressman DeLay once again displayed his deep commitment to the people who have elected him as their representative.
Presumably DeLay was trying to present a scandal-free face to his constituents. Dani DeLay is not the messenger to do that.
Dani DeLay has received hundreds of thousands of dollars as a paid consultant to DeLay’s political action committees, ARMPAC and TRMPAC, over the last four years. No details were provided in tax statements about what Dani did to earn her salary, and the payments were described by analysts as “unusually generous.”
But we do have some idea of what Dani was up to. In 2002, she helped organize the DeLay fundraiser for energy executives (held just before a vote on major energy legislation) that earned DeLay a censure from the House ethics committee.
She also organized a 2004 fundraiser for DeLay’s charity “Celebrations for Children,” advertised as a benefit for “abused and neglected children.” DeLay aides later admitted that “part of the money would go to pay for late-night convention parties, a luxury suite during President Bush’s speech at Madison Square Garden and yacht cruises.”
Even Dani’s 2002 baby shower was investigated: it was held at the Washington offices of Texas-based Reliant Energy, and attended by Jack Abramoff.
Clearly, DeLay family values run deep.