DeLay had three items on his agenda:
1Secure more political action committee money for Republican candidates and members of Congress. He felt business PACs like ours which was, at the time, the largest PAC in town, were being entirely too generous with Democrats;
2Get more Republicans hired by associations, lobbying firms and political action groups;
Id been warned about DeLay. He was, my colleagues in the PAC business said, overtly pushy in a town known for pushy politicians.
They werent wrong.
I explained the Democrats on our contribution list controlled Congress and the committee chairmanships and, for the most part, voted right on our issues.
Thats bullshit, DeLay said. Youre a business PAC and were the party of business. You should remember that. The Democrats wont always control Congress.
I reminded him that Republicans voted against the real estate industry in the 1986 tax reform act.
If you want more Republican votes lets see some more money for Republicans, he said. Thats how the game works. I said I would put the matter before our PAC board but added that we paid for performance, not promises.
That, DeLay said, will change.
We moved on to the hiring of Republicans.
How many Republicans do you have on your staff?
Beats me, I replied. I dont ask their party affiliation.