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Abramoff Scandal
Texas prosecutor subpoenas Choctaws, Barona Band


The Texas prosecutor who secured an indictment against Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has expanded the case by issuing subpoenas for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, according to news reports.

Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle is seeking information from the tribes because they gave money to the DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee. The Choctaws gave $1,000 in 2001 and the Barona Band gave $5,000 in 2002.

Earle also wants information about the U.S. Family Network, a "grassroots" organization set up by a former aide of DeLay's. The Choctaws gave $250,000 to the organization, which spoke out against gaming by a rival tribal in Alabama.

DeLay has been charged with money-laundering for allegedly funneling corporate money to politicians in Texas. State law bars the use of corporate funds for campaigns.

Get the Story:
Prosecutor Broadens DeLay Inquiry (The Washington Post 1/6)
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Earle subpoenas more records linked to DeLay (The Austin-American Statesman 1/6)
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DeLay prosecutor subpoenas convicted lobbyist's law firms (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram 1/4)
Subpoenas hunt Abramoff, DeLay fundraising ties (The Houston Chronicle 1/4)
Subpoenas look for Abramoff, DeLay connection (The Austin-American Statesman 1/4)
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Relevant Links:
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - http://www.choctaw.org

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