Texas Financiers, Corporations Pay DeLay’s Legal Expenses:

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The Associated Press reveals some of the donors to Tom DeLay’s (R-TX) legal defense fund during the period of January to March.

Rep. Tom DeLay raised more money to pay legal fees after abandoning any effort to return as majority leader than he did in the immediate months following his indictment in Texas last year on money laundering charges.

DeLay, R-Texas, received lots of help in boosting his legal defense fund from Texas financiers of Republican causes, corporations and fellow members of Congress. But he spent as much as he raised during the first three months of 2006.

Contributors included the funder of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Bob Perry, ex-Houston mayor Bob Lanier, San Antonio doctor and backer of private-school vouchers James Leininger, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., BNSF Railway Co., and Panda Energy Management Inc.

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