R. Jeffrey Smith and Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post cut through the clutter:
It worked simply. On one side of the machine, a hose vacuumed the pockets of large corporations, wealthy individuals and legions of lobbyists on K Street, all instructed by DeLay to contribute only to Republicans. Out the other side, at some later date, came legislation of interest to many of the donors. Inside the machine, twisting its knobs and pulling its levers, was DeLay — who was unabashed about his pay-to-play philosophy and relentless in enforcing his political rules.
Not a corrupt Majority Leader or a corrupt lobbyist: a corrupt system run by and for a corrupt party.