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Texas: DeLay admits awareness of TRMPAC fund-raising methods

The New York Times reports: Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said Wednesday that he was aware of how accounts for corporate donations had been set up at a political action committee that is under criminal investigation by a Texas grand jury and that the committee's lawyers closely monitored all fund-raising activities.

Mr. DeLay's comments, made at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, were his most detailed public remarks to date on his involvement in the creation and fund-raising activities of the committee, Texans for a Republican Majority.

Discussing the committee's origins, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, it was my idea, or it was our idea - those of us that wanted to enhance the Republicans who served in the House of Representatives in the Texas Legislature."

The committee, set up in 2001, was instrumental in helping Texas Republicans take control of the Legislature in elections the next year. In turn, that Republican majority redrew the state's Congressional districts, benefiting Mr. DeLay by solidifying Republican control of Congress. -- The New York Times > Washington > DeLay Says He Was Aware of Fund-Raising Methods