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Texas: DeLay aide dismissed from Democrats' suit

The Houston Chronicle reports: John Colyandro, who has been sued and indicted over his fundraising in the 2002 elections, has one less legal issue to worry about.

On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed him from a lawsuit filed by two losing candidates alleging that Colyandro and the Law Enforcement Alliance of America violated the Texas Election Code by using corporate funds to influence contests for Texas attorney general and an East Texas legislative race.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said the losing Democrats, Kirk Watson and Mike Head, "failed to allege any facts that Colyandro intentionally or even knowingly violated the applicable sections of the Texas Election Code."

Buck Wood, who represents Watson and Head, had argued that Colyandro, executive director of U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee, coordinated with the law enforcement group to use $1.5 million in corporate contributions to run ads favoring Republican candidates. Texas law bans corporate donations to political candidates. -- Judge dismisses Colyandro from ex-candidates' lawsuit

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