The recent agreement the Justice Department worked out with Rudy officially placed the Abramoff scandal squarely inside DeLay’s leadership office, as Rudy pleaded guilty to a criminal conspiracy that began in 1997, when he was DeLay’s press secretary, continuing through his rise to deputy chief of staff and then into the lobbying world in 2001.
Without officially naming Buckham, the plea agreement clearly identifies him as someone who at times worked hand-in-hand with Abramoff as a co-leader of the conspiracy, working with the confessed felon to funnel $86,000 to Rudy’s family while he worked for DeLay in exchange for official favors.
In addition, the plea agreement covers events through 2004, meaning that Rudy — who left Abramoff’s firm and went to work for Buckham at his Alexander Strategy Group in mid-2002 — has admitted to committing crimes while working for two-and-a-half years at Buckham’s side.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.