A former top aide to Congressman Tom DeLay has agreed to plead guilty in a widening federal investigation of lobbying corruption.
A law enforcement official says Tony Rudy will plead guilty today in an appearance in federal court in Washington. Rudy would be the first person to enter a guilty plea since influence peddler Jack Abramoff (AY'-bruh-mahf) pleaded guilty to fraud charges in January. Abramoff was sentenced this week in Florida.
Court papers relating to Abramoff's plea say Rudy's wife was paid 50-thousand dollars by Abramoff. The documents say ten monthly payments were made starting in 2000 when Rudy was working for Delay and Abramoff was working for clients who wanted to stop Internet gambling and postal rate legislation.