Thursday, September 8, 2005

Texas Grand Jury Indicts Two PACs for Campaign Law Violations in 2002 Election

A Travis County, Texas, grand jury issued four indictments against the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and one indictment naming the Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (TRMPAC) for campaign law violations related to the 2002 elections that resulted in Republicans taking control of the Texas legislature and Congressional delegation for the first time in over 100 years.  TRMPAC was created by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was not named in any of the indictments.  TAB is accused of illegally spending corporate funds on campaigns, while the TRMPAC indictment alleges that it illegally accepted corporate funds.  The organizations have also been sued by losing Democrat candidates from the 2002 election for alleged illegal expenditures during the campaign.  The grand jury investigation is one facet of the bitter political infighting that has characterized Texas politics for the past few years.  An Austin American-Statesman story (here) discusses the indictments. (ph)

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