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Texas: Choctaws to Abramoff to DeLay's PAC

AP reports: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to pressure the Bush administration into shutting an Indian-owned casino that lobbyist Jack Abramoff wanted closed.

The Sugar Land Republican went into action shortly after an Abramoff tribal client donated to a DeLay political action committee.

In a Dec. 11, 2001, letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Mr. DeLay demanded closure of the Alabama-Coushatta casino in Livingston, Texas. The Associated Press obtained the letter from a source who did not want to be identified because of an ongoing federal investigation of Mr. Abramoff and members of Congress. ...

The DeLay letter was sent at least two weeks after the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, an Abramoff client, contributed $1,000 to Texans for a Republican Majority, also known as TRMPAC. That political action committee is at the center of a state campaign finance investigation. An Austin grand jury returned money laundering charges against Mr. DeLay, forcing him out of the majority leader's job. --
DeLay sought casino closure

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