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Lines in the Sand Chapter 4 Electing the Right Republicans Legislative Redistricting Board Consists of 5 elected state officials (4 republicans 1 democrat) Texas legislature was unable to draw new congressional district in 2001, but they did redistrict the state house and senate Under the Texas Constitution, this board meets only if the legislature fails to redistrict the state house and senate in its first session after the decennial census o Board has no authority to redraw congressional district lines Organizations outside of the Republican party became crucial to their success o Spending 4.5 million (2.65 million of possibly illegal corporate funds) and 2-2.5 million additional corporate funds to help Republican state legislative candidates and the Republican candidate for attorney general Tom Delay and his aid Jim Ellis, engineered a Republican takeover of the Texas House o This pan already existed through his political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority (ARMPAC) o Since ’98, this PAC aka (Leadership PAC) dispersed over 12 million (much of it corporate money) to republicans o Delay chaired the PAC and largely controlled the dispersion of its funds Ellis said that this PAC was modeled after the Texas Partnership PAC, created by Democratic Speaker Pete Laney The state PAC was labeled by Delay and Ellis Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC) after its federal model o Goals were to elect a Republican state Speaker, advance the party’s agenda, particularly congressional redistricting o The main goal was to achieve a state house that would support partisan congressional redistricting In the beginning stages, according to Ellis, TRMPAC had the general objective of working to elect Republicans to all statewide and legislative offices in Texas Control of the major state offices as well as both houses of the legislature would be critical for the 2003 redistricting efforts Democratic Speaker Pete Laney had considerable support from Republicans Republicans needed 2 more seats in order to make sure that a Republican was elected. Delays pick was friend Tom Craddick Several Republicans who were possible candidates for Speaker joined a group called the ABCs (anybody but Craddick) TRMPAC September 5, 2001 TRMPAC was created as an Austin based general purpose political action committee TRMPAC didn’t have employees, everyone was contracted, there wasn’t an office, it was ran from Anderson’s home John Colyandro was selected by Delay and Ellis to be TRMPAC’s executive director o He ran TRMPAC, hired consultants, oversaw contribution and expenditures, communicated with and evaluated candidates o In the beginning he served as TRMPAC’s treasurer and was replaced by Ceverha Ceverha was seldom involved in TRMPAC and never reviewed the reports to the TX Ethics Committee His testimony- Delay seldom participated in the conference calls; documents & testimonies showed that to be false The Strategy
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