Can Fewer Texas Lobbyists in DC Mean More Clout for the State?

Seems that for the Dems, Tom DeLay is the gift that never stops giving – or, in this case, the stick which lets them keep beating Rick Perry. Yup, the state had been using two DeLay-linked DC lobby firms but has been forced to sever ties with them. Our beloved governor had been paying Cassidy & Associates and the Federalist Group $15,000 a month to work their lobbying magic for Texas, but guess what? They were also pretty closely connected with Mugshot Tom (the Federalists, for example, worked for several TRMPAC donors and hired former DeLay cronies Drew Maloney and Chris Lynch.) So their lobbying contracts, which were supposed to run until August, have been canceled.

But don't presume this means Texas will have less clout on Capitol Hill. Announcing the firms' termination was eight-term Houston Democrat U.S. Rep. Gene Green. Watch out: He's working on becoming the Dem's point guy on cleaning up the House. He's already serving as a senior deputy whip and serves on the House Ethics committee. He's also pushing hard for an independent investigative office, so that Congress doesn't have to act as its own judge, jury, and (as so often seems to happen) pardoner. Could it be that Texas might actually become synonymous with clean politics? Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More State Government
Straus' Budget Stretch
Straus' Budget Stretch
Committee member casts doubt on speaker's deficit proposals

Richard Whittaker, May 12, 2010

Keel Repeat
Keel Repeat
Former state rep to head up Texas Facilities Commission

Richard Whittaker, Dec. 17, 2009

More Legislature
Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional
Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional
Dietz says current system fails students, must be rebuilt

Richard Whittaker, Aug. 28, 2014

Dietz Stays on School Finance Suit
Dietz Stays on School Finance Suit
Hail Mary play by AG Abbott fails to force judicial recusal

Richard Whittaker, June 24, 2014

More by Richard Whittaker
Safer at Home
Screen life thriller is just another dull Zoom meeting

Feb. 26, 2021

What’cha Watchin’?
What’cha Watchin’?
Screens editor Richard Whittaker is all about that (Disney) park life

Feb. 26, 2021


State Government, Legislature, Governor's Office, Ethics, Delay, Perry, Gene Green

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle