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Alabama: DeLay's PAC gave $11,000 to Gov. Riley campaign

The Birmingham News reports: A political campaign committee run by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay registered in Alabama in 2002 because it contributed to Bob Riley's campaign for governor, according to its treasurer.

The Americans for a Republican Majority's account for state candidates filed paperwork with the Alabama Secretary of State on May 15, 2002, the same day the committee made a $1,000 contribution to Riley's campaign.

The treasurer of the committee, Barbara Bonfiglio, said the filing was in response to Alabama law that requires registration by committees that spend at least $1,000 on a state candidate. The issue is coming up now because one Alabama Democrat is questioning why the committee, which is at the heart of a criminal investigation in Texas, filed in Alabama.

Although it registered in Alabama, the committee did not raise or spend any money in the state that it wasn't already reporting to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a review of IRS and Secretary of State records. The committee supported nonfederal candidates around the country and was a 527 account, so named for the section of the tax code that allows the tax-exempt organizations to engage in political activities using unlimited contributions. -- DeLay's PAC gave Riley $11,000

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