Tom Delay, “the Hammer” found guilty as charged.
They were charged with conspiring to funnel $190,000 in corporate donations to state candidates through the Republican National Committee.
The main facts of the case were never in dispute.
In mid-September 2002, as the election heated up, Mr. DeLay’s state political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, gave a check for $190,000 to the Republican National Committee. The money had been donated earlier in the year by various corporate lobbyists seeking to influence Mr. DeLay, several witnesses said.
On Sept. 13, the check was delivered to the R.N.C. by Mr. Ellis, who was Mr. DeLay’s top political operative in Washington and headed his federal political action committee.
At the same meeting, Mr. Ellis also gave the Republican director of political operations, Terry Nelson, a list of state candidates and an amount to be sent to each. Mr. Nelson testified that Mr. Ellis had told him the request for the swap had come from Mr. DeLay.
Of course, Delay is appealing. And of course, he says he is innocent of any wrong doing and the subject of a Democratic Vendetta.
It is uncontested that the $190,000.00 is only SOME of the money in a single year that lobbyists gave to DeLay to curry favor and influence him, along with lavish junkets and fawning dinners, and all the trimmings.
My guess is despite the possibility of 5-99 years, DeLay will get some form of probation, however, at sentencing in Texas.
Instead, I point to the following:
Mark:4:22: There is nothing hidden save it shall be revealed.