Indeed, given the facts (particularly, Mitt Romney's connections with 'Mormon MLM' mobs), it is no exaggeration to say that the infiltration of traditional American culture by 'Amway' and its various copy-cats (i.e. perverted secret societies presented externally as 'MLM income opportunities') has long-since attained a level without precedent since the demise of the 'Second Ku Klux Klan.'
Although Mr. Delay is now widely-regarded as a joke, because of his narcissistic literary efforts and his surreal (if not camp) appearances on the kitsch television show, 'Dancing With The Stars,' as a former 'Distributor,' he has been one of the most enthusiastic apologists for the 'Amway' mob. Sadly, Mr. DeLay is just one of a gang of traitors to democracy and the rule of law who were paid to allow racketeers to write the essentially-meaningless federal and State legislation which has permitted 'MLM Income opportunity' fraud to escape common-sense regulation and spread (largely-unchallenged) not just in the USA, but also around the world. Other 'MLM' Washington stooges have included: Sue Myrick, Vernon J. Ehlers, Jon Christensen, Dick Chrysler, Richard Rombo, John Ensign and Joe Barton (all Republican Members of Congress).
|Jack A. Abramoff|
It is also a matter of public record that Mr. DeLay received piles of valuable gifts from Mr Abramoff, including paid golfing holidays to Scotland, concert tickets, and the use of Abramoff's private sports-stadium boxes. DeLay, Tony Rudy, another aide and Abramoff took a trip to London and Scotland. Abramoff paid for the airfare for the trip. 'Lobbyist', Ed Buckham, paid for the hotel at St. Andrews golf course in Scotland. Abramoff was refunded by 'The National Center for Public Policy Research', the non-profit organization that arranged the trip. On the same day that the trip began, The 'National Center for Public Policy research' received large 'donations' from two of Abramoff's clients, Internet lottery service 'eLottery, Inc.', and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (who run casinos). Predictably, both organizations denied that they had intended to pay for DeLay's trip. House rules forbid members to accept travel expenses from 'lobbyists,' and require that members establish the actual sources of funds that non-profit organizations use to pay for trips, so DeLay simply denied knowing that 'lobbyists' had paid for his travel expenses. All the same, in July 2000, he voted against a bill that would have restricted Internet gambling. Both 'eLottery' and the Choctaws opposed the bill. Tony Rudy, who was then DeLay's deputy chief of staff, killed the bill by engaging a parliamentary procedure that required a two-thirds majority vote, rather than a simple majority, in order for the bill to pass. Rudy's illegal actions on behalf of Abramoff's clients during this time were mentioned in Abramoff's guilty plea in January 2006. Michael Scanlon, who had become Abramoff's 'lobbying' partner, plead guilty in November 2005 to conspiracy charges arising from the same events.
When Abramoff plead guilty to fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy charges on in January 2006, and agreed to co-operate with the government's investigation, DeLay was forced to abandon his efforts to get re-elected to his position as House Majority Leader. Significantly, DeLay announced his decision to withdraw from politics only a few days after Abramoff's plea bargain. Tony Rudy plead guilty in March 2006, to acting illegally on Abramoff's behalf, in exchange for gifts.
In August, 2010, the federal government suddenly dropped its six-year investigation into the web of corruption spun by Jack Abramoff. However, a State case continued in Texas where Tom DeLay was put on trial in Austin. On November 24th, 2010, a Texas jury convicted him of money laundering and conspiracy to money launder. He faced a prison sentence of anywhere from 2 to 20 years for conspiracy and 5 to 99 years, or life, for money laundering. On January 10th, 2011, Texas Senior Judge, Pat Priest, sentenced DeLay to just 3 years in prison. To add insult to injury, 'Amway's' long-time Washington stooge, immediately filed an appeal and he was released from prison on bail.