I Didn’t Know I Was Helping Ex-DeLay Aide, FL Lawmaker Says

Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL), who earmarked federal funds to the ultimate benefit of an ex-aide to former majority leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), says he had “no idea” the former aide would profit from the deal, Florida Today reports.

The former aide, Ed Buckham, owned half a million shares in MapROI, which won a $500,000 contract funded by Weldon’s earmark. Buckham’s company, Alexander Strategy Group, had lobbied Weldon to insert the earmark.