Captain Ed examines the charges that Rep. Tom DeLay’s payments to his wife and daughter were out of the ordinary, and excessive. I’d been waiting to see if either Daily Kos or MyDD had pithy comments on the DeLay payments, considering the recent dustup about their payments while consulting for the Dean campaign. Kos didn’t bite, but Jerome sort of did.
Just to give an example of how un-grandiose the pay received by DeLay’s wife and daughter were, consider the monthly pay each received as opposed to the Armstrong/Zuniga LLC’s pay from just the Dean campaign alone. All data is publicly available via FEC records.
Jerome Armstrong – $7,000 ($84K/yr)
Christine DeLay – $4,028 (~$48K/yr)
Dani DeLay Ferro – $3,681 (~$44K/yr)
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga – $3,000 ($36K/yr)
Neither of the 4 are going to get rich off that unless they play Powerball religiously. I have neither the time nor inclination to document how it now appears that DeLay’s days are numbered in the House leadership. It appears he’s headed to Congressional equivalent of the dead letter office or a permanent seat at Senator Trent Lott’s dinner table.
Political Groups Paid Two Relatives of House Leader [NYT]