What do the following people have in common?
And why should they give it back? Well, for starters, this is where that money may have originated:
"Between the year 2000 and June of 2005 in our district, you conspired to accept bribes in exchange for performance of official duties. Did you do that?" [U.S. District Judge Larry A.] Burns asked Cunningham.
"Yes, your honor," Cunningham replied.
"Did you take both cash payments and payments in kind?"
"Yes, your honor," the congressman said.
UPDATE: Looks like the message has been received, at least for the most part:
Two Dallas-area lawmakers, Reps. Pete Sessions of Dallas and Michael Burgess of Flower Mound, said they would donate to charity the sums [Cunningham's American Prosperity] PAC gave them. Mr. Sessions got $3,000 for campaigns in 2000 and 2004 but hasn't picked the charity, spokeswoman Gina Vaughn said.
Dr. Burgess said he'll deliver $1,000 on Saturday to the Black Bookworm, a Fort Worth bookstore where the African-Americans Against AIDS Task Force is raising money for children's Christmas gifts.
"I'll drive the check down there myself," he said.
Texans got $20,000, mostly to campaign accounts, except for [$6,000] to Mr. DeLay's legal fund. The Sugar Land lawmaker is fighting state campaign-law and money laundering charges. [Brent] Perry, the fund trustee, said he's researching House rules to determine if the money can be given to charity. If not, it will be returned to the Cunningham PAC, he said.
Only one Texas lawmaker said he would keep his donation: Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock, who got $3,000 last year.
"In addition to having been raised in a previous election cycle, these funds were raised legally and in full compliance with federal election laws," spokesman Josh Noland said.
Reps. Kevin Brady of The Woodlands will give his $1,000 to The Salvation Army's hurricane relief efforts, spokeswoman Sarah Stephens said. Two freshmen known as tough-on-crime judges before their elections last year, Reps. Ted Poe of Humble and Louie Gohmert of Tyler, said they'll donate the funds. A Poe aide said he hadn't picked a charity for the $2,000 he got. Mr. Gohmert, who got $3,000, said he'd find one that helps U.S. troops.
Rep. John Carter of Round Rock, also a former judge, got $1,000 but did not respond to repeated inquiries over two days.
On a related note, though she didn't get any money from the Duke himself, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison did get two grand from ADCS, Inc., also known as the firm owned by Duke's Co-conspirator #1. You can see that here.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 02, 2005 to Scandalized! | TrackBack