AP has more explosive news to report -- DeLay's ARMPAC used corporate soft dollars to influence House races, including Indiana Congressman Chris Chocola's. Here's the lede:
Tom DeLay's political group used nearly $100,000 in corporate and unlimited donations to mail last-minute political appeals praising five congressional candidates despite rules meant to keep such money out of federal races, documents released Thursday show.
A few months back, the FEC audited DeLay's PACs records and came up with more than $200,000 of irregularities. I speculated at the time it was likely that DeLay's PAC used corporate soft dollars as hard money to influence races and that there was more to come on this matter. The documents obtained by PoliticalMoneyLine.com confirm this.
That means Chocola may owe his close election in 2002 to illegal spending.
We'll stay on top of this one as it develops.