While running for House Majority Leader in the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff scandal, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged to end the K Street Project for lobbyists and “lead the effort to bring about the kind of reforms the American people are expecting from Congress.”

Nearly six months later, not only are proposed ethics reforms tied up and inadequate, but a review of financial holdings shows that Boehner has raised corporate and lobbyist contributions at a faster clip than even criminally-indicted former Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas.

Relying on his extensive network of longstanding relationships with lobbyists, which include those from drug and cigarette makers, banks, health insurers, oil companies, and military contractors, Boehner has raised campaign contributions at a rate of $10,000 a day since February and has accepted 39 trips since 2000, compared to 18 for DeLay.

Boehner has portrayed his ties to Washington lobbyists as “something to be proud of,” and has refused to return donations he received from Abramoff’s clients.