Louisville, KY – Kentuckians have given almost $114,000 to House majority leader Tom Delay's defense fund.
It makes Kentucky second in the nation in donations only to Delay's home state of Texas. Some of the contributions came during a fundraiser last summer mainly organized by Republican U. S. Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky's fifth district.
Rogers says he helped Delay because Delay has a lot of Kentucky supporters who believe he's being maligned as part of a political witch hunt. Delay's fund was set up in 2000 to defend against a Democratic congressional campaign committee lawsuit that alleged he broke federal laws raising money for GOP candidates.
The suit was dropped in 2001, but the fund has continued as Delay has faced more questions about his relationships with lobbyists and coporations.