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Thursday, 20 July 2006 05:19

DeLay's PAC Pays FEC $115,000 for Breaking Campaign Finance Laws

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The Federal Election Commission identified numerous violations of the law by Tom DeLay's Americans for a Republican Majority political action committee (ARMPAC), prompting a $115,000 civil penalty, one of the largest in FEC history. ARMPAC failed to report and improperly used hundreds of thousands of dollars during the 2002 election.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a watchdog group. Executive director Melanie Sloan said, "on a disturbingly regular basis we learn that former House Majority Leader DeLay violated the law . . . It is time for federal investigators to step in and undertake a thorough investigation of Rep. DeLay’s financial dealings so that the public can learn the true extent of Rep. DeLay’s illegal activities and he can be held accountable."

"From the Jack Abramoff scandal to the violations of Texas campaign finance laws, to Rep. DeLay’s misuse of charitable organizations, the list seems endless."

The FEC found that:

--ARMPAC failed to report accurately nearly a quarter million dollars in contributions and expenditures during the 2001-2002 election cycle.

--ARMPAC failed to report nearly $325,000 in debts owed to 25 campaign vendors.

--ARMPAC improperly used over $200,000 in soft money to pay for federal election activity. In particular, ARMPAC improperly used over $120,000 in soft money to pay for GOTV activities in Texas immediately before the 2002 general election.