Sunday, October 09, 2005

Making the case for, against DeLay

Making the case for, against DeLay: "The conspiracy indictments against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay and his co-defendants tell an intriguing tale of a blank check, a wish list of campaign donations for Texas candidates and money laundering at the highest levels of the Republican National Committee.

To the defense team, it's just a tale: Lawyers argue that the $190,000 transaction at the root of the charges was legal, the list might never have existed, and DeLay learned of the money transfer, in passing, only after it occurred.

Yet Austin lawyer Randall 'Buck' Wood, who was the first to publicly question DeLay's campaign-finance tactics during the 2002 elections in Texas, says the case against DeLay and his two co-defendants, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, might turn out to be much simpler.

A single money transfer — the first in the series — could be the key, Wood says, because it shows that those handling the money went beyond what Texas allows when it comes to the use of corporate money in politics."


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