So Long, And Thanks For All The Indictments

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After a decade of buying power and influence on the Hill, former Rep. Tom DeLay's ARMPAC (Americans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committe) is going out of business says Paul Kane at Capitol Briefing. The subject of intense legal scrutiny, the activities of ARMPAC, and its local offshoot TRMPAC, placed purveyor Tom DeLay in hot water from which he has yet to escape.


ARMPAC, a key instrument in DeLay's arsenal of power-buying and influence-wielding, was at the center of the investigation into DeLay's mutually beneficial relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff whose clients gave to the PAC (an investigation that has produced no small number of indictments and guilty pleas). Of additional interest is the relationship between ARMPAC and Ed Buckham, a lobbyist whose clients also donated generously to the PAC -- Buckham is DeLay's former chief of staff, a close friend of his, and used to employ DeLay's wife.


TRMPAC (Texans for a Republic Majority) meanwhile is the vehicle through which DeLay is accused of laundering illegal campaign contributions for Texas races. His indictment on these charges forced his eventual resignation from his Majority Leader position, and then from Congress.