Tom “The Hammer” DeLay “Nailed” For Money Laundering
November 25, 2010
(ChattahBox US News) – Former House majority leader, Tom DeLay, was convicted Wednesday of money laundering charges in Austin, Texas,where he reportedly illegally directed corporate money to candidates. DeLay’s political committee in Texas allegedly sent 190,000 dollars of corporate donations to the Republican National Committee. Prosecutors said that the money was in turn donated to seven Texas candidates supported by DeLay to help the GOP win control of the Texas House and that the majority then pushed through a DeLay-organized congressional redistricting plan that sent more Republicans to Congress. Texas law prohibits corporations giving money to candidates. DeLay, nicknamed, “The Hammer,” for the dictatorial style with which he commanded House Republicans, says that he’s innocent. Prosecutors haven’t recommended a sentence yet, but he could spend several years behind bars. DeLay, who is currently free on bond, is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 20.