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DeLay convicted of money laundering
A Texas jury finds former US Republican leader guilty of illegally funnelling money to political candidates.
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2010 01:51 GMT
DeLay was once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress [File: EPA]

Tom DeLay, the former Republican majority leader in the US House of Representatives, has been found guilty of money laundering.

DeLay was convicted by a Texas jury on Wednesday on charges of illegally funnelling corporate money to Republican party election candidates in 2002.

Prosecutors said DeLay, who once held the Number 2 job in the lower house of congress and whose heavy-handed style earned him the nickname "the Hammer," used his political action committee to channel $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races through a money swap.

He faces five years to life in prison on the money laundering charge and two to 20 years on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Speaking to reporters after the trial, DeLay said he was disappointed that the jury had found him guilty. He said the verdicts were a "miscarriage" of justice and he vowed to carry on. 

Strengthening Republicans

During the three-week trial, prosecutors presented more than 30 witnesses and volumes of emails and other documents as evidence.

Prosecutors said DeLay conspired with two associates, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to channel donations into the Republican National Committee, which then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Under Texas law, corporate money cannot go directly to political campaigns.

Prosecutors claim the money helped Republicans take control of the Texas House. That enabled the Republican majority to push through a DeLay-engineered congressional redistricting plan that sent more Texas Republicans to Congress in 2004, and strengthened DeLay's political power.

The 2005 criminal charges in Texas, as well as a separate federal investigation of DeLay's ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, ended his 22-year political career representing suburban Houston.

Except for a 2009 appearance on ABC's hit television show "Dancing With the Stars,'' DeLay has been out of the spotlight since resigning from Congress in 2006. He now runs a consulting firm.

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