The House Ethics Committee has rebuked House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for the second time in a week. The committee, in publicly issued findings, rebuked Delay for creating the appearance that donors were given special access to pending legislation and also for using the FAA to intervene in a Texas political dispute. Just last week, the same committee admonished Delay for offering to give an endorsement to a House member's son in his run for office in exchange for a favorable vote on a Medicare prescription drug bill. DeLay accepted the rebuke but called the findings another political attack by the Democrats.
The committee must still rule on an allegation that Delay violated Texas campaign finance laws. The allegations have led to a Texas grand jury investigation and indictments of three DeLay associates and eight corporations. Read the House Ethics Manual here. Read the Ethics Committee press release announcing the disposition here. Read Tom Delay's reaction to the House decision here. AP has more.