State District Judge Joseph H. Hart ruled Thursday that the treasurer of a political fundraising committee organized by DeLay violated the state's election law by failing to report $684,507 in contributions from corporations and other donors in 2002.
"The House Ethics Committee has run out of excuses for avoiding an investigation into Rep. DeLay's involvement with Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, in a statement. "Now that a Texas court has held that TRMPAC violated the law, the Ethics Committee finally must consider the extent to which Tom DeLay was involved in the conspiracy to violate Texas campaign laws in order to gerrymander Texas Congressional districts."
UPDATE: For his part, DeLay is tackling the important issues of the day-- like accusing fictional characters of maligning his squeaky-clean name. Witness this Reuters story, with accompanying picture of DeLay proudly wearing his American flag, 'support our troops' ribbon, snap-on hair and perma-grin: http://tinyurl.com/bxsd4