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AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas grand jury has indicted a political organization formed by Tom DeLay, accusing it of taking illegal corporate money as the House majority leader helped Republicans win control of the Texas Legislature and keep Congress in GOP hands.
DeLay, R-Texas, was not indicted by a Travis County grand jury in the charges made public Thursday, although three of his political associates were charged earlier. District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, said he had no jurisdiction over DeLay's personal conduct.
A prominent Texas business group also was charged, in what Earle called an attempt to funnel "massive amounts of secret corporate wealth" into Texas campaigns.
State law prohibits use of corporate contributions to advocate election or defeat of state candidates.
Once DeLay helped Republicans win control of the state Legislature in 2002, the majority leader engineered a Republican redistricting plan that gave the state's U.S. House delegation a 21-11 majority in the current Congress. The effort helped Republicans increase their House margin by five seats this year.
Kevin Madden, DeLay's spokesman, said the majority leader only played a limited role in the political organization, Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee — also known as TRMPAC. He served on the organization's advisory board and appeared at fundraising events, Madden said.
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
I find it interesting that there is no mention of this in the local Texas news.
I have just finished searching ABC / NBC / CBS/ Fox / UPN and TXCN (Texas Cable News Network) and there is absolutely nothing on this.
Makes me wonder why.