Archive for November 2nd, 2010
Posted in Campaign Finance, Consumers, Good Government, tagged money laundering, Public Citizen, public citizen texas, republican, texans for public justice, Texas Ethics Commission, Tom Delay, Travis County Texas on November 2, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
As the Tom Delay trial got underway, the State’s first two witnesses were Craig McDonald, a former Public Citizen Texas director and now the executive director for Texans for Public Justice, and Austin attorney Fred Lewis, both of whom the defense characterized as being from the left end of the political spectrum which they attempted to capitalize upon. Twice the defense moved for a mistrial, claiming there was an effort by prosecutors to push political opinions on the jury. Both motions were ignored by Judge Priest.
Craig McDonald said he focused solely on campaign donations while with Public Citizen and that there were discrepancies between what Texas Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC) reported to the Texas Ethics Commission in terms of its income and what Republican National State Election Committee (RNSEC) reported to the IRS.
The defense, in examining McDonald, reviewed 60 candidate names on Public Citizen’s website – only one of which was a Democrat (gubernatorial candidate, Bill White, and that was from a blog on yours truly, Texas Vox, which showed up on the site through an RSS feed). DeLay, however, was mentioned 100 or more times on the site. But McDonald maintained political neutrality in his testimony, noting that DeLay’s appearance on the website did not mean he was the only subject of Public Citizen’s research. (more…)