Courtesy of Joshua Micah Marshall, I was tipped off to the latest twist in the DeLay investigation. As a Texas newspaper reports, prosecutors are digging deeper into the DeLay money matrix:
It was the fall of 2002, and Texans for a Republican Majority was scouring for corporate money when it found an unlikely donor — a California defense technology firm willing to send part of its $40,000 startup money to help U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's political committee.By the way, the other $25,000 of PerfectWave money was given to a tribute honoring former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who has pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from military contractors.
PerfectWave Technologies, a San Diego-area firm, gave DeLay's committee $15,000 to help elect Republicans to the Texas Legislature.
... On Thursday, Travis County prosecutors dug deeper into the Southern California connections to DeLay and Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee, subpoenaing a second round of records of any "negotiations or agreements" that prompted the donation.
And who happens to own PerfectWave? San Diego military contractor Brent Wilkes, a big GOP donor whose lawyer has identified him as unnamed co-conspirator who is cited in Cunningham's court documents.
The newspaper reports that DeLay "flew on Wilkes' jet, played golf with him and came to depend on his political support."