Learn more about our policy experts.

Media Contacts

Angela Bradbery, Director of Communications
w. (202) 588-7741
c. (202) 503-6768
abradbery@citizen.org, Twitter

Don Owens, Deputy Director of Communications
w. (202) 588-7767

Karilyn Gower, Press Officer
w. (202) 588-7779

David Rosen, Press Officer, Regulatory Affairs
w. (202) 588-7742

Other Important Links

Press Release Database
Citizen Vox blog
Texas Vox blog
Consumer Law and Policy blog
Energy Vox blog
Eyes on Trade blog

Follow us on Twitter


Jan. 10, 2011 

Three Years in Prison for Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Is Too Little

 Statement of Tom “Smitty” Smith, Director, Public Citizen’s Texas Office
 We applaud today’s sentencing by a Texas judge of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. However, his sentence of three years in prison is a far cry from justice when compared to the damage he has done to Texas households, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come. We are disappointed that someone who faced a possible penalty of 99 years in prison on a money-laundering charge and 20 years on a conspiracy charge has received such a light sentence. 

 DeLay’s brand of politics was one of reckless disregard for the American people. By funneling illegal corporate money into Texas state elections, he helped elect Republican candidates to the Texas Legislature, which led to the tainted redistricting of his state. He was convicted in November on charges that emanated from a complaint originally filed by former director of Public Citizen’s Texas office Chris McDonald, who is now director of Texans for Public Justice. McDonald testified at DeLay’s trial. 

 Jan. 21 is the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that allowed national elections to be undermined with untold amounts of undisclosed corporate money. Until we pass the Disclose Act to reveal the identity of corporate political donors, establish a system of public financing like Fair Elections Now and pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, our democracy remains at risk from the Tom DeLays of the nation. 

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit public interest advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.citizen.org.


Copyright © 2016 Public Citizen. Some rights reserved. Non-commercial use of text and images in which Public Citizen holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License. This Web site is shared by Public Citizen Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation. Learn More about the distinction between these two components of Public Citizen.

Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation


You can support the fight for greater government and corporate accountability through a donation to either Public Citizen, Inc., or Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

Public Citizen lobbies Congress and federal agencies to advance Public Citizen’s mission of advancing government and corporate accountability. When you make a contribution to Public Citizen, you become a member of Public Citizen, showing your support and entitling you to benefits such as Public Citizen News. Contributions to Public Citizen are not tax-deductible.

Public Citizen Foundation focuses on research, public education, and litigation in support of our mission. By law, the Foundation can engage in only very limited lobbying. Contributions to Public Citizen Foundation are tax-deductible.