As our pals over at “The Fix” explain, former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant and onetime House Majority Leader Tom “The Hammer” DeLay is headed to the clink:
Former Texas Republican Rep. Tom DeLay was sentenced to a three-year jail term today for illegally funneling corporate money into Texas state House races, a ruling that ends a near-decade long legal and political battle for the former House majority leader.
The sentence, which was handed down earlier today by judge Pat Priest, came less than three months after a jury convicted DeLay of trying to end-run Texas’ ban on corporate contributions.
The particulars go like this. In 2002, DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority, a state-based political action committee, donated $190,000 in corporate dollars to the Republican National Committee. The RNC turned around and made donations totaling $190,000 to seven candidates for the Texas state House.
DeLay had chosen not to allow the jury to mete out his punishment, choosing instead to let Priest decide his fate.