Christine DeLay

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Christine DeLay, wife of disgraced former House Majority Leader Thomas D. DeLay, was paid $115,000 "during a three-year period" by the Alexander Strategy Group, a Washington, DC, lobbying firm founded "with help from — and did business with — lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty" on January 3 and 4, 2006, "to several felony charges, including conspiracy to bribe public officials." [1]

The Group, also "now the object of a criminal probe," which shutdown January 9, 2006, was "run by Edwin A. Buckham, DeLay’s former chief of staff. His partners include DeLay’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Tony C. Rudy and Karl Gallant, whom DeLay recruited in 1995 to run his fund-raising organization," Americans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee. [2]

Christine DeLay was "'paid by Alexander to work on a project and the project enabled her to do it from Houston,' Richard Cullen, one of Tom DeLay’s attorneys," said January 9, 2006. "'She would contact the ... members of Congress to determine which charity in the congressman’s district was the congressman’s ... that he thought was the best-run or was his favorite charity in that district'," Marty Schladen, reported in the January 10, 2006, Galveston County, Texas, Daily News.

"Christine DeLay then tracked down those charities in each of the nation’s 435 congressional districts. She learned such facts about them as what their tax status was, what geographic districts they operated in and what projects they were working on, Cullen said.

"Cullen said he didn’t know how many hours it took for Christine DeLay to complete the project, nor did he know what Alexander Strategy Group did with the information.

"Cullen said Christine DeLay was not the sort of person to do the job haphazardly.

"She’s not a superficial person,' he said. 'She’s going to do it right'," Schalden wrote.

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