July 16, 2006
Preliminary report on DeLay

Finally...I still don't know why I can't find it through a summary report search, but here's DeLay's report for the second quarter:

This Period Cycle-To-Date
6. Net Contributions (other than loans)
(a) Total Contributions (other than loans) 11981.00 3711330.03
(b) Total Contribution Refunds 7230.00 35599.13
(c) Net Contributions (6(a) - 6(b)) 4751.00 3675730.90
7. Net Operating Expenditures
(a) Total Operating Expenditures 813016.94 3250193.15
(b) Total Offsets to Operating Expenditures 31006.62 106651.23
(c) Net Operating Expenditures 782010.32 3143541.92
8. Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period 641273.72

In short, DeLay raised $11K, spent over $800K, and went from $1.4 million cash on hand to $641K CoH. One more quarter like that and we'll have a pretty good metaphor for the federal budget situation under his stewardship, if you ask me.

I'll refer you again to Juanita for the expenditure details. Whatever would his daughter do for money if she had to get a real job?

Bottom line: Tom DeLay, David Wallace, Shelley Sekula Somethingorother, and Crazy Bob Talton have, combined, less than 30% of Nick Lampson's cash on hand. That, more than any aspect of the DeLay replacement-go-round, is the story of CD22 right now. Lampson has as big a war chest as any Texas incumbent, and his opposition is either writing six-figure checks to defense attorneys or sitting on comparative chump change. Everything else follows from that.

UPDATE: Forgot to add, here's DeLay's new business venture. I wonder where Dani fits on the org chart?

UPDATE: Vince has an in depth look at DeLay's expenditures, much of which went to legal fees. Many payments for political activities were made after DeLay announced his resignation, including this:

Finally, in a sign DeLay may have been anticipating the legal wrangling that may lead to him ultimately staying on the November ballot in Congressional District 22, his campaign paid Americans for a Republican Majority (a PAC DeLay founded) $34,186.88 to acquire contributor lists on June 13 - the Tuesday following DeLay’s last day in Congress.

Or, perhaps given his incredible burn rate, he just needed to identify a likely group of suckers sympathizers who'll be willing to help him with those massive lawyer bills going forward. You never know.

UPDATE: The Muse takes her crack at the DeLay FEC report.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 16, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack

Hmm, if a Republican were boasting about cash like that, you'd be characterizing him as trying to buy an election Charles. :)

Posted by: kevin whited on July 16, 2006 9:38 PM

Actually, what I complain about is individuals who donate a disproportionate amount of a candidate's total, especially when those individuals have a stake in something that candidate has influence over. Like James Leininger and Bob Perry, for instance. If you want to show me how that applies to Nick Lampson, I'm all ears.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on July 16, 2006 10:17 PM

Does it detail who has enough brass to give him $12K? I wonder when in the quarter those checks were cashed. IIRC, he resigned on 4/3, which was a Monday.

Posted by: Michael Croft on July 16, 2006 11:01 PM

Actually, DeLay had $3.7 million, which Nick would have had to match. Nothing to see here.

But DeLay spent his money on person stuff, like a car (last payment of $32,000+) and legal fees.

This guy truly is a crook. He screwed a bunch of republicans out of thier hard earned donations.


Posted by: John cobarruvias on July 16, 2006 11:02 PM

Why did I see DeLay smirking on TV saying he hopes people vote for him. Should he then win, the GOP/Perry could still appoint their own candidate. What a sleaze....... I live in his district...never voted for him..preening peacock!

Posted by: avahome on July 17, 2006 1:43 PM