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ACU opposes investigation of DeLay group

A national conservative group is asking federal prosecutors to drop an investigation into the financial activities of a political committee founded by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land.

The American Conservative Union told U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of San Antonio that the 2002 campaign finance activities of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority should not be subject to a criminal investigation.

"Your office should take no action ... for the simple reason that the contributions were made legally and in accordance with the applicable state and federal law in effect during the 2002 election cycle," wrote David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union.

The advocacy organization Judicial Watch has filed a complaint against Texans for a Republican Majority, claiming it conducted illegal money laundering in 2002 to funnel corporate money to GOP candidates for the Texas House. -- Feds asked to suspend PAC probe (HoustonChronicle.com)