Public Citizen calls on Justice to investigate DeLay/Westar connection

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Here is one item worth reading more about, since DeLay has already been rebuked by the House Ethics Committee for his relationship to scandal-plagued Westar Energy:

Public Citizen called on the Justice Department to investigate the case on possible bribery charges. From the 12/29/04 release:

In a letter to Noel Hillman, chief of the Justice Department's criminal division, Public Citizen wrote that substantial evidence, especially newly-released documents from a House ethics committee investigation, suggests a possible scheme using campaign contributions to buy political favors worth millions of dollars to Westar Energy and its executives.

Besides the Westar executives, Public Citizen alleged that DeLay, [Rep. Joe] Barton, who is the current chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and [former Rep. Billy] Tauzin, who was the former chairman of the committee but now is head of the drug industry's trade association, possibly provided legislative favors in exchange for campaign contributions in violation of the federal "Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses" statute.

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