Tom DeLay

Early coverage of today's civil trial

Reuters on Wired.com.

Also making today's wire story (read down) was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling for an ethics investigation of DeLay for accepting travel paid for by a lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. (There's that name again.)

Funny

Jon over at Think Progress, the Center for American Progress and American Progress Action Fund's blog, has a great post on DeLay and his trips with corrupt Jack Abramoff.

Raw Story has two stories (make it three)

The Raw Story reported two stories on DeLay, the first using info from National Journal story over the weekend by Peter Stone and the second linking DeLay to a supposedly nonpartisan outfit sending scare mail on Social Security.

More on civil trial

Austin American-Statesman (registration)

AP (DMN, registration)

Houston Chronicle

Off the Kuff

Trial begins in civil suit involving DeLay's TRMPAC

The New York Times (registration) takes a look at the story behind the story in the civil lawsuit filed by five former Texas state representatives against Tom DeLay's TRMPAC's treasurer:

A civil trial scheduled to open here on Monday involving allegations of illegal campaign contributions to Republican members of the Texas House is likely to attract almost as much attention in the halls of Congress as it will on the floor of the State Legislature.

San Antonio Express News: Throw out Politician Protection Act

An editorial in the San Antonio Express News urges the Texas Legislature to throw out HB 913, the bill designed to protection Tom DeLay, Tom Craddick and their corporate friends from prosecution. The editorial board rightly connects this bill to the rule pushed by U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) -- the DeLay Rule -- last November:

No wonder a watchdog group is calling this a "Politician Protection Act."

Social Secruity Forums Come Under Fire

James B. Lockhart III, the deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration (SSA), has been appearing with Republican members of Congress -- including Tom DeLay -- across the country to promote the President's privatization plan. The New York Times (registration required) reports that:

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More from the Austin American-Statesman (registration required):

Looking for likely contributors to the Texas cause, [Warren] Robold also turned to other former DeLay aides who were lobbying at other firms.

Keep up the pressure

Sign the petition to Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick to keep the pressure on him to drop any attempt to cover up the investigation into the TRMPAC/DeLay scandal. So far, more than 4,200 people have signed on, and the national press is starting to pick upon this a little more.

Preview of documents from civil trial

Former state reps have filed a civil suit against DeLay's TRMPAC officials. The trial date on that civil suit is scheduled for February 28. In advance of the trial date, some documents have been leaked to the Austin American-Statesman (registration required). Here's a passage that caught my eye:


Hungry for money