Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Postcards from Austin

This is the Texas State Capitol building, otherwise known as the scene of the crime.

During the height of the redistricting battle in 2003, Tom DeLay, the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited the State Capitol building above and shuttled back and forth between the key players to broker a deal that gave him five more Republicans in his congressional majority. DeLay-inspired TRMPAC had spent heavily to elect supportive lawmakers.

Like the congressional beneficiaries of DeLay’s largesse, these lawmakers in Texas owed him.

This is the Travis County District Attorney's office and County Jail, where District Attorney Ronnie Earle works.

Earle is investigating the corporate money TRMPAC raised and has indicted eight corporations and three individuals (each of whom has a relationship with DeLay). The investigation is on-going.

This is the Travis County Court House, where the indicted individuals have been formally charged and arraigned for violating campaign finance laws.

Look for Earle to be in the news more. Three of DeLay's associates have been arraigned here after being indicted for illegal corporate fundraising. Are we going to see anything beyond arraignments here? With bigger fish? Time will tell.


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