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Earle won't have to disclose his investigation of the GOP

The [Texas] state attorney general has ruled that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle does not have to publicly disclose details of his grand jury investigation into 2002 Republican campaign finance activities.

Earle is investigating whether the Texas Association of Business and a political committee called Texans for a Republican Majority - founded by Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land - violated state law by using corporate money to pay for candidate-related campaign activities.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, said in a pair of extensive rulings that Earle, a Democrat, does not have to comply with most of the open records requests filed by Texas Republican Chairman Tina Benkiser and TAB attorney Andy Taylor. -- Ruling: DA won't have to comply with some open records requests (AP via Fort Worth Star Telegram)