Blunt Staffers Boost DeLay’s Legal Fund

Posted April 25, 2005 at 6:12pm

With his legal bills mounting, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is learning that the office of Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) can do more than just count votes.

Newly released reports from DeLay’s Legal Expense Trust show that the fund received contributions of at least $250 each from six Blunt staffers from Jan. 1 to March 31. In total, the trust banked $48,000 and spent $34,000 in the quarter.

DeLay received $500 apiece from four aides in Blunt’s leadership office — Mildred Webber, Amy Steinmann, Brian Gaston and Sam Geduldig. Keri Ann Hayes, the executive director of Blunt’s Rely on Your Beliefs PAC, also kicked in $500, while Amy Field, Blunt’s personal office chief of staff, gave $250.

“I’ve worked for the House leadership as long as Tom DeLay has been a leader, and I wanted to show my support for him,” said Gaston, the Whip office chief of staff. “That support was shared by several of our senior staff.”

Blunt spokeswoman Burson Taylor added that the donations were not all made at one particular event and were not part of any coordinated effort in the office.

While Blunt’s aides were the only Hill staffers to give DeLay at least $250, several of DeLay’s House GOP colleagues gave generously.

DeLay snagged $5,000 donations from the campaign accounts of Reps. Kenny Marchant (Texas), Spencer Bachus (Ala.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.). Rep. Jim Gerlach’s (Pa.) re-election committee chipped in $2,000, while Reps. Steve King (Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) each gave $1,000.

Bachus’ Growth and Prosperity PAC contributed another $5,000, while Rep. Dan Burton’s (Ind.) Hoosier PAC gave $1,000.

On the spending side, DeLay reported paying a total of $30,000 in legal fees: $25,000 to the firm Bracewell and Patterson in Dallas and another $5,000 to William A. White in Austin.