Tom DeLay may not be a participant in the lawsuit against TRMPAC and Bill Ceverha, but that doesn't mean he's not there in spirit.
The Young Conservatives of Texas featured U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay in a mailing to Fort Bend County voters meant to influence the 2002 Republican primary runoff, but the mailer actually was paid for by a political committee created by DeLay.
Lawyers suing Texans for a Republican Majority seized on the mailing in state district court Tuesday as an example of how TRMPAC tried to hide its fund-raising and spending in the 2002 legislative elections.
Evidence of the DeLay mailing came out during testimony by Austin printer Bob Thomas, whose Thomas Graphics does printing and mailing for Republican candidates.
Thomas said he produced a postcard for the Young Conservatives of Texas to be sent out in the House District 28 Republican runoff in DeLay's home territory of Fort Bend County. He said the postcard featured DeLay.
"It said he was not endorsing in a race," Thomas said.
Thomas said he sent a bill of $4,000.10 to the Young Conservatives of Texas. He said that group could not pay the bill so TRMPAC paid it.