Westar Employees to Pay Fines for DeLay Contributions

Westar Energy, Inc., a Kansas-based utility company, and three of its employees have agreed to pay the Federal Election Commission more than $40,000 in fines to settle accusations that they used improper fundraising techniques to contribute to Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee ARMPAC.

According to The New York Times, "Westar executives violated campaign finance laws by using company resources like employee work time to organize a drive that raised $32,700 in contributions to Congressional campaigns in 2002. The drive was part of an effort to increase the company's presence in Washington."

This is not the first time that Westar has been caught up in investigations surrounding the embattled Majority Leader. A 2002 donation to his PAC was cited in an ethics committee admonishment of DeLay.