Energy Lobbyists Reward DeLay by Raising Money After Legislative Wins

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Among the 67 lobbyists hosting the event in Washington were the heads of the trade groups for the oil and electric-utility industries. Before DeLay's indictment in a fund-raising case forced him to give up his leadership post, he helped push through an energy bill that included $14.6 billion in industry subsidies.

DeLay, a Texas Republican, also spearheaded legislation limiting lawsuits and cutting taxes, both priorities for lobbyists. And he pushed lobbying firms to hire Republicans -- including former aides Drew Maloney and Susan Hirschmann, among the hosts of last night's event.

``DeLay has been the best thing for the lobbying industry in Washington in recent history,'' said Frank Clemente, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, a Washington-based advocacy group that has called for a special counsel to investigate the lawmaker. ``They work hand in glove with him to get his legislative agenda passed, and pay him and the Republican Party back with huge campaign contributions. At all costs, they want to get this guy back in power and re-elected.'' [Scum suckers]

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