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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Tom DeLay's PAC: 24 felony indictments

The Houston Chronicle reports:

"Three people linked to U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay were indicted Tuesday along with eight out-of-state companies on charges of illegally using corporate money to help Republican Texas House candidates in 2002.

The indictments by a Travis County grand jury focus on how the DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee raised corporate money to help Republicans take control of the Texas House for the first time since Reconstruction. That majority gave DeLay the power to push a major congressional redistricting bill through the Legislature that is designed to give the GOP a majority in the Texas delegation in this fall's elections...

TRMPAC raised almost $600,000 from corporations, much of it at fund-raisers where DeLay was the featured guest. The money was used to pay for additional fund-raising and political activity to help Republican candidates win about 20 House seats.

Texas Ethics Commission opinions have said corporate money can be used only to pay a political committee's basic expenses, such as rent and utilities."


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