|Tom DeLay- Corporate Whore|
By Juliet Eilperin
Wednesday, March 26, 2003; Page A09
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) doesn't want to talk about a Texas grand jury's probe that includes questions about the operations of "Texans for a Republican Majority," a political action committee he helped found.
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is looking into whether a group called the Texas Association of Business illegally used corporate money. The Republican group mimicked one of the business group's fundraising mailers on behalf of a state representative, which apparently is what has drawn the prosecutor's interest.
When asked about the investigation at his weekly briefing yesterday, DeLay responded, "That's not on the agenda. Sorry."
Jim Ellis, who directs the national Americans for a Republican Majority PAC as well as Texans for a Republican Majority, said there was no coordination between the Texas PAC and the Texas Association of Business.
"These people in the D.A.'s office simply didn't know the law," Ellis said. He acknowledged that Earle's office had interviewed the former head of the Texans for a Republican Majority PAC, John Colyandro, but he said it did not mean the group was under investigation. Colyandro has gotten immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before the grand jury probing the business association.
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