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DeLay aides and 8 corporations indicted in Texas

The San Antonio Express-News reports: Eight corporations, including retail giant Sears-Roebuck and the makers of Bacardi rum, along with three individuals associated with a political action committee founded by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, were named in multiple indictments by a Travis County grand jury today.

The indictment named John Colyandro, executive director of a political action committee founded by DeLay - Texans for a Republican Majority PAC; Warren Robold, a Washington fund-raiser; and Jim Ellis a DeLay aide who directs the congressman's Washington PAC. ...

Since early 2003, the Travis County grand jury had been investigating whether corporate funds were used illegally to help some of those Republicans win their elections and allow the GOP to win a majority in the state House for the first time since Reconstruction.

During the 2002 election cycle, Texans for a Republican Majority, whose efforts focused on getting Republicans elected to the Texas House, gave $190,000 in corporate donations, some from out-of-state sources, to the Republican National State Elections Committee.

About two weeks later, the Republican committee wrote seven separate checks for a total of $190,000 to seven state House candidates. -- UPDATED: Corporations, DeLay PAC officials indicted (MySA.com)

One of the charges against two individuals was money laundering, for transferring the money to the RNSEC.