DeLay, a Republican, proclaimed his innocence, blasting the charge as a "sham" and an act of "political retribution."
"I have done nothing wrong," DeLay told reporters. "I have violated no law, no regulation, no rule of the House." (Watch Rep. DeLay's comments -- 4:23)
A grand jury in Austin charged DeLay, 58, and two associates already facing criminal charges with a single count of criminal conspiracy, accusing them of improperly funneling corporate donations to Republican candidates for the Texas legislature. (Read the indictment )”
‘The tangled web of backslapping relationships between DeLay, other Republicans, and lobbyists is becoming exposed to the light. So we've taken the best information out there on the connections between Republican members of Congress and Rep. Tom DeLay and we're sending it to you as your own personal Report Card on Rep. Todd Tiahrt’:
Tiahrt's Connections to Tom DeLay - he accepted $10,071 from Tom Delay's PACs and donated $10,000 to Delay's legal defense fund. He voted with DeLay 95.14% of the time (3,229 of 3,394 votes).