Representative Delay traveled to England with his family, aides, and lobbyist; paying for it mostly with money from an Indian Tribal and Gambling
company. Representative Delay was influential in helping to put down gaming legislation that was opposed by the company and Tribe. Compounding all
this, Representative Delay stated that the trip was paid for by an unrelated group. However a lobbyist reports that he suggested the trip in the first
place and made the arrangements described above.
Edwin J. McGuinn, the president of eLot Inc., parent of eLottery, told the Post, "It certainly was our impression that any and all moneys were being
positioned to get the attention and focus of our cause."
the trip was intended to give DeLay and his aides a chance to meet conservative British politicians and that her organization would have picked up the
tab in any event.
Under House rules, lawmakers and their staffs are permitted to have travel expenses paid only for officially connected travel and only by
organizations directly connected to the trip. Also, the rules require lawmakers to accurately report who is paying for the trips. Payments by
registered lobbyists are not allowed.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Now, to be clear, Delay is claiming that this is all entirely untrue. However, its set off something of a flurry of investigations.
I feel that this is the worst sort of activity from politicians. Its illegal, immoral, and entirely unethical. Its a betrayal of the public's trust.
Also, consider, the amerindian resevations, they're sovereign nations. I wonder if there is any sort of treasonable offense here, being bribed by
what amounts to a foreign power and then enacting legislation favourable to it. Tho, I caution, I don't know the status of this group vis a vis any
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Let them keep the casino money!
[edit on 16-3-2005 by Banshee]