What did it buy?

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Just been thinking...

We're all focused on the $190,000 laundered by DeLay, his associates, TRMPAC and the RNC, and the elections it bought, and the redistricting it led to, and the five additional GOP seats to help DeLay increase his power... Ronnie Earle has indicted the fundraisers and the corporate donors for breaking laws and undermining the democratic electoral process.

But what about the favors these corporate contributors received from the Texas Legislature?

The scandal here is not just what is illegal and indictable. Just as scandalous is the influence-peddling that these donors and politicians engaged in, which is something that happens everyday in Washington and in state capitals and city halls around the country -- except where these laws have been passed.

Discuss.