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Texas: TRMPAC case opens

AP reports: The treasurer of a political committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay violated state law by using corporate money to boost Republican legislative candidates to victory, plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit claimed Monday. ...

GOP victories that year gave the Texas House its first Republican majority since the 1870s and propelled Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland to speaker. Craddick and DeLay later pushed a redistricting plan through the Legislature that resulted in today's commanding GOP advantage in the state's congressional delegation.

Five Democrats are suing Bill Ceverha, a former state lawmaker and treasurer of Texans for a Republican Majority. They contend TRMPAC used $600,000 in corporate money for political purposes and didn't report the money to the Texas Ethics Commission, all in violation of state election code. The use of corporate money for political purposes is illegal in Texas.

Ceverha's attorney, however, told state District Judge Joe Hart that the political committee operated above board, filed the government reports it was supposed to and didn't hide its aim of electing Republican candidates. -- DentonRC.com | News for Denton, Texas | AP: Texas