A Corruption History of Tom DeLay

Thomas Dale DeLay was born on April 8, 1947. Tom DeLay is an elected politician and is a former United States House of Representatives member and House Leader of Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 1984 to 2006. His two decade career features victories for the Republican Party in the 90s till the early 2000s.

The first taste of political victory for Tom DeLay occurred in 1978 wherein he was elected into the Texas House of Representatives. After a couple of years in congress, Tom DeLay was designated as the Deputy minority Whip in 1998. Tom DeLay collaborated with Newt Gingrich to push the Republican Revolution that took place in 1994. With the vigor and influence of the two, the Republican Party managed to sweep the Democrats out of both houses of congress during the midterm elections in 1994. It was the first time in the last forty years that the Republican Party took both houses of congress. The year after, Tom DeLay was voted as the House Majority Whip.

After winning both chambers of congress Delay, Gingrich, and Norquist helped push the K Street Project which bannered Republican ideals. Tom DeLay was voted as the House Majority Leader after the 2002 midterm elections. During his long political career, Tom DeLay pushed for conservative issues and Republican ideals.

Tom DeLay’s political career was not full of rainbow and butterflies. He was indicted for money laundering in 2005. His case was filed in Austin, Texas on grounds of conspiracy to violate election law during the 2002 midterm elections. Tom DeLay temporarily stepped down from his position as House Majority Leader in accordance with the Republican Caucus regulations. Feeling the pressure from fellow Republicans, Tom DeLay stated that he would no longer seek to regain the position he vacated. Tom DeLay was convicted in January 2011 and was sentenced to three years in prison.

In 2013, Tom DeLay won a reversal of his conviction. The court ruled in favor of Tom DeLay because of the lack of clear and strong evidence of his mishandling of election funds. DeLay’s political opponents have accused the former congressman of using donations to fund certain candidates for Texas’s Legislature to hold positions in the chambers of congress. These candidates were said to draw new boundaries for certain congressional districts upon winning a seat. After the reversal, DeLay’s political career took a hit. Despite the setbacks, DeLay continues to champion conservative issues and Republican ideals. DeLay’s opponents continue to bash the former congressman because of his alleged corruption.

Tom DeLay Corruption Scandal

Tom DeLay is a former representative of Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 1984 till his indictment in 2006. He was the GOP’s House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005. Tom DeLay’s career as a politician started in 1978 when he won a seat in the House of Representatives in Texas. After just six years in the House of Representatives, Tom DeLay was made Deputy Minority Whip in 1988. Tom DeLay along with Newt Gingrich, started the Republican Revolution in 1994 that helped the GOP take over both houses of congress during the midterm election. In 1995, Tom DeLay was appointed as the House Majority Whip. Tom DeLay’s political career hit its peak when he was elected as House Majority Leader after the 2002 midterm elections.

After rising to its peak in 2002, Tom DeLay’s career careened down when he was indicted for money laundering in 2005. The indictment was filed in Austin, Texas on the grounds of conspiracy to violate election law in 2002. DeLay temporarily vacated his position as Majority House Leader in accordance with Republican Caucus rules. Because of pressure from his party, Tom DeLay no longer sought another term in congress and completely vacated his position as Majority House Leader.

Tom DeLay was later convicted of money laundering in January 2011 and was sentenced to three years behind bars, but was free on bail after he filed an appeal. His conviction was overturned in September 19, 2013 after the court ruled that the evidence provided in the case were insufficient to convict DeLay. After the ruling, Tom DeLay was officially acquitted.

The opponents of Tom DeLay in politics accused the former congressman of illegally routing donations to certain candidates so that he can fill the chamber with Republicans. His opponents alleged that DeLay used the funds for Republicans who would draw new boundaries for congressional districts in the US.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics executive director, Melanie Sloan, stated that Tom DeLay continuously undermined state and federal campaign finance laws. DeLay’s opponents continue to accuse the former congressman of mishandling election finances.

Upon further review of Tom DeLay’s case, the court said prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence that the campaign donations Tom DeLay directed to certain candidates were obtained illegally. The statutes require stronger evidence for the conviction to push through. The jurors were also baffled and asked further clarification from the judges during the trial.

Tom DeLay’s career may have been tainted, but his conservative grassroots campaigns have kept him in the political limelight.

Post written by Jay Horner, chief correspondent to AHG News and editor of Airborne.