Is the Tom DeLay Reign of Terror coming to an end?
Tom DeLay (R-TX), Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, holds a pretty heavy hand in dealings with lobbists. He, with the encouragement of party leadership, has all but forced any lobbying firm that wants access to Congress to only hire Republicans to staff. Otherwise they lose his ear, and most any chance to have their opinion heard on pending bills (or to craft such bills wholecloth). Also, by doing that, he has also managed to shift business dollars to the Republican machine, thus helping to cement Republican control in Washington.