DeLay Begins His Defense With A Big Mistake | Talking Points Memo

Tom DeLay’s lawyers began his defense yesterday by helping prove the prosecution’s case.

DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader, is standing trial in Texas on allegations that he orchestrated a money swap. In 2002, his Texas PAC gave $190,000 in corporate money to the RNC, which then turned around and gave a total of $190,000 to seven Texas state house candidates picked by DeLay’s PAC. Under Texas law, corporate money cannot be used to fund state campaigns.The defense has argued repeatedly that DeLay was not involved in the PAC’s day-to-day operations and, as such, did not know about the swap until after the fact.

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