Political lighting rod, House Majority leader Rep. Tom DeLay, was indicted Wednesday by a Texas grand jury today for conspiracy involving campaign finance. DeLay has temporarily temporarily relinquished his leadership post. Speaker Dennis Hastert will recommend that Rep. David Dreier of California step into those duties. The Republican rank and file may meet as early as Wednesday night to act on Hastert’s recommendation.
The Associated Press reports on the indictment:
The indictment accused [Rep.] DeLay of a conspiracy to “knowingly make a political contribution” in violation of Texas law outlawing corporate contributions. It alleged that DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee accepted $155,000 from companies, including Sears Roebuck, and placed the money in an account.
The PAC then wrote a $190,000 check to an arm of the Republican National Committee and provided the committee a document with the names of Texas State House candidates and the amounts they were supposed to received in donations.
The indictment included a copy of the check.
“The defendants entered into an agreement with each other or with TRMPAC (Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee) to make a political contribution in violation of the Texas election code,” says the four-page indictment. “The contribution was made directly to the Republican National Committee within 60 days of a general election.”DeLay’s spokesman wasn’t impressed, calling Ronnie Earle just about every name in the book.
DeLay spokesman blasts prosecutor – [CNN]