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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 08:08 AM
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Delay inquiry expands to include election money
Prosecutor Broadens DeLay Inquiry
Data on GOP Donation to U.S. Family Network Demanded

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 6, 2006; Page A05

The Texas prosecutor who secured an indictment of Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) on money-laundering charges broadened the scope of his inquiry into election spending yesterday, demanding documents related to funds that passed through a nonprofit organization, the U.S. Family Network.

The group, which was founded in 1996 by DeLay's then-chief of staff, Edwin A. Buckham, received $500,000 in 1999 from the National Republican Congressional Committee and used some of the money to finance radio ads attacking Democrats. The Federal Election Commission fined the party in 2004 for its role in the funding.

The prosecutor, Ronnie Earle, sent subpoenas yesterday to Buckham; the group's former president, Christopher Geeslin; the NRCC; and the treasurer of DeLay's leadership political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority.

The subpoenas asked for all documents related to the $500,000 contribution, including any correspondence involving DeLay or Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe public officials and other crimes this week. The Washington Post reported Saturday that the largest donors to the U.S. Family Network were all associated with Abramoff. They contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the group before it folded in 2001.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 08:09 AM
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1. Oh, yeah. I want this guy so slammed out of the public light that
he won't be able to find either hip pocket with both hands.
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 08:14 AM
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2. It amazes me that Delay still thinks he can run again and win
anybody else would be looking to end the glare of the spotlight and go quietly into obscurity in the hopes that the public would not be looking for his demise. Not this guy. He marches right back out there and thumbs his nose. I want him, as one poster said a while back, UNDER the jail when all is finally said and done. And, I want him held up as an example of what NOT to be for years to come.

Delay - slug slime without the glitter.
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