Mar 25, 2004

The Ball’s Rollin’

The AP picks up on DeLay:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is telling close colleagues he may have to temporarily abandon his leadership post if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating alleged campaign finance abuses, Roll Call reports.

In background they say:

Democrats allege that Republicans took money that could not be given to candidates and moved it around before donating it to candidates.

Republican officials have said the transactions were legal, and the timing and amounts were coincidental.

Now I certainly hope the Republicans aren’t still sticking to that, since the Houston Chronicle published this some time ago (so long, apparently, that they have taken down the link):

But a fund-raising letter TRM sent to corporate leaders indicated the political committee planned to go beyond a strict definition of Texas law that allows for the use of corporate money to pay for only administrative expenses such as rent and utilities.

“Unlike other organizations, your corporate contribution to TRMPAC will be put to productive use,” the piece said. “Rather than just paying for overhead, your support will fund a series of productive and innovative activities designed to increase our level of engagement in the political arena.”

Some coincidence.


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