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September 21, 2004

All DeLay, All the Time

By Byron LaMasters

Sorry for the lack of extensive Tom DeLay coverage on BOR today. I've got three exams this week in addition to two Democratic meetings and sending out a major fundraiser - so I literally didn't have a chance to get online until 10 PM today. Fortunately, Andrew was able to mention the indictments against DeLay's cronies earlier today, but if you're looking for more info on it all, here's where you can find it.

From the papers:

Republican Majority officials indicted in fund-raising investigation. Attorney says seven companies, three individuals named [Austin American Statesman]

Of specific note were last year's redistricting mastermind Jim Ellis, a former Tom DeLay staffer, and current head of Americans for a Republican Majority (Tom DeLay's PAC). Also included is John Colyandro, executive director of Texas for a Republican Majority PAC.

32 felony indictments returned in DeLay case [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

Indicted include corporations - Sears and Roebuck, Westar Energy Inc, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Bacardi USA, and also DeLay fundraiser Warren RoBold (along with Colyandro and Ellis).

Indictments of associates may turn up heat on DeLay. Investigation could aid ethics complaint against him, analysts say [Dallas Morning News]

3 DeLay Aides Facing Charges in Fund Inquiry [The New York Times]

3 DeLay Workers Indicted In Texas. Aides Charged in Fundraising Probe [Washington Post]

From the Blogs:

Keep an eye on Austin Today [Taking on Tom DeLay]
First TRMPAC Indictments Issued [Taking on Tom DeLay]
Dirty Dirty Money [Taking on Tom DeLay]
Indictments [The Stakeholder]
Indictment Question [The Stakeholder]
A Simple Question for DeLay [The Stakeholder]
TRMPAC indictments handed down [Off the Kuff]
I Heart Ronnie Earle [Roman Candles]
Indictments Handed Down in TRMPAC Case [Rational Rantings]

DeLay Escapes Indictment [Daily Kos]
Tom's Friends [TAPPED]
TRMPAC Indictments [The Yellow Doggerel Democrat]
Indictments Returned in DeLay Investigation [Talk Left]

Update: Here's the statement by U.S. Rep. Chris Bell (D-Houston) who filed the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay in the U.S. House:

Congressman Chris Bell released the following statement:

"After today's felony indictments of John Colyandro, Jim Ellis and other key
DeLay associates, the Ethics Committee has no option but to move forward
with a full investigation into Mr. DeLay on all three counts of the
complaint filed against him.

The Ethics Committee has already taken 90 days to review the information and
has yet to take action.

These indictments are clear indication that the Ethics complaint against Mr.
DeLay is substantive and extremely serious. Anything less than a full
investigation would signify a failure on the part of the Committee to
fulfill their responsibility to protect the integrity of the House."

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 21, 2004 11:08 PM | TrackBack

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