Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Grand Old Police Blotter: Justice DeLayed Edition

Three of the Bugman's bagmen have been indicted for violating Texas law. Let's hope the State can roll these punks and nail the ringleader.

AUSTIN, Sept. 21 -- Three top political aides to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) were indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally raising political funds from corporations in 2002, much of which was funneled into the Republican takeover of the Texas legislature.

Corporate contributions to state legislative candidates are illegal in Texas. A Travis County grand jury indicted DeLay political aide Jim Ellis, fundraiser Warren RoBold and John Colyandro, the executive director of DeLay's political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, known as TRMPAC. Eight corporations also were indicted for illegal political contributions.

For those interested in not doing business with DeLay's corporate cronies, the WaPo has identified them as: Sears, Bacardi USA Inc., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Westar Energy Inc.,Diversified Collection Services Inc., Williams Companies Inc., the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Corp., and Questerra Corp. You can be sure I'll never buy a Barcardi Breeze or one of those golf tee puzzles.

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