By Kevin Jefferies
Commerce – A Commerce man has been awarded just over $57,000 in a lawsuit against the Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee. Danny Duncan was one of the five plaintiffs in the suit against the organization that was formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, according to the Greenville Herald Banner.
State Judge Joe Hart ruled that the committee had violated Texas Code by not reporting thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and expenditures. Hart also said the expenditures topped half-a-million dollars in corporate money that should have been reported to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Just under $200,000 will have to be paid to the losing democratic candidates that were part of the suit. Duncan lost the 2002 race to State Representative Dan Flynn.
The ruling deals with election code reporting requirements rather than laws governing how corporate money is spent. Evidence in the case is believed to parallel other evidence in the controversy surrounding Tom DeLay. Lawyers say the judge's findings will be crucial to related court cases. The defense plans to appeal.