Campaign 2010

Apr 25, 2004

Novak, Meet Google

Why Novak is a hack:

The word spread through Republican circles on Capitol Hill is that a runaway Democratic prosecutor in Texas may indict House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, creating upheaval in the GOP leadership.

If Mr. Novak were familiar with google, he might find articles like this from today’s Houston Chonicle:

The Texas Republican Party went on a drive during the last major statewide elections to raise corporate cash like never before, collecting $2.2 million from companies such as energy firms and nursing home chains.

While raising the money was legal, it may have been spent in violation of state law, the Houston Chronicle found through a review of more than 10,000 pages of state and federal campaign finance reports.

Texas law prohibits political parties from spending corporate or labor union money on anything other than running a party primary, paying for a convention or administrative expenses. State law also requires those funds to be spent through a separate, restricted account, which can also include money from other sources.

But the state Republican Party transferred its corporate donations to a federal committee it runs and designated all general election expenses as administrative.

In one instance, the party defined $1.9 million in television advertisements as “administration” in campaign reports. Another $453,815 in direct mail was reported as “admin.”

A week before the state deadline for raising or spending corporate money, the Texas Republican Party raised $929,000 from corporations in four days and transferred the money to its federal account.

Republican officials deny any violation of state law and say all the expenditures were legal under federal law. But the state ethics commission says spending on Texas races and other state political activities must comply with state law.

But what do they have to say for themselves?

``I apologize that it wasn’t more” money, Wayne Hamilton, former GOP executive director and now a special adviser to the party, told the Chronicle.

There is much much more in the article, clearly it is the article to read on the scandal that may yet bring Tom DeLay down.  Meet his opponent, Richard Morrison.

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