Tuesday, September 21, 2004

DeLay associates indicted

Absolutely can't wait for the George Ryan corruption trial to begin? This should whet your appetite (from the Houston Chronicle): Republican fund-raising leads to indictments of 3 DeLay aides . In case you haven't been following, here's a brief synopsis. U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- the prototypical evil conservative power broker -- created a fundraising organization to bring down Democratic lawmakers in the state through redistricting. Quite successfully, I might add. But, in doing so, this organization shook down corporations for contributions, then funneled that money to various GOP candidates to get around campaign finance limits. Now a grand jury has handed out 32 indictments to a number of people involved, including three of DeLay's top aides. DeLay was not named in the indictment, but it seems to me that he's the ultimate target of the investigation. Hopefully the prosecutors of this case take a page out of Patrick Fitzgerald's book and squeeze those bastards til they squeal.

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