Looks to me as if the folks who have been digging Ronnie Earle’s professional grave with their keyboards may be in for a sore disappointment:
Former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) met for at least 30 minutes with the top fundraiser of his Texas political action committee on Oct. 2, 2002, the same day that the Republican National Committee in Washington set in motion a series of financial transactions at the heart of the money-laundering and conspiracy case against DeLay.
During the meeting at his Capitol office, DeLay conferred with James W. Ellis, the head of his principal fundraising committee in Washington and his chief fundraiser in Texas. Ellis had earlier given the Republican National Committee a check for $190,000 drawn mostly from corporate contributions. The same day as the meeting, the RNC ordered $190,000 worth of checks sent to seven Republican legislative candidates in Texas.
Footnote In the bizarre-irony department, Ellis seems to have proposed the whole illegal scheme to the RNC on the first anniversary of 9/11. Just remember: if DeLay stays out of jail, the terrorists will have won. Or something.