Remember that movie where two very large storms meet up and form one huge, extremely powerful storm? The title might be a bit overused, but look what is happening with the Tom DeLay and Duke Cunningham cases. Talking Points Memo points to this story, Prosecutor issues subpoenas in DeLay case,
A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records and other information of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of a California congressman as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
District Attorney Ronnie Earle issued subpoenas late Monday afternoon for California businessmen Brent Wilkes and Max Gelwix, records of Perfect Wave Technologies LLC, Wilkes Corp. and ADCS Inc. in connection with a contribution to a fundraising committee at the center of the investigation that led to DeLay’s indictment on money laundering charges.
Perfect Wave contributed $15,000 in September 20, 2002 to Texans for a Republican Majority, a fundraising committee founded by DeLay, R-Texas.
Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham resigned in late November after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to companies.
Just the other day, in Tax Dollars Sent Directly To The Party I pointed to a story about this guy Wilkes setting up front-companies, bribing Republicans, getting defense contracts, and pumping the money back into The Party So enjoy the ride.
There’s a third, much larger storm out there as well. All that’s left is for the Abramoff investigation to merge into this as well. And it will.
Update – Also this story today (Wednesday), Prosecutors in DeLay Case Look Into Ties With Lobbyist,
The subpoenas sought documents from the lobbyist, Brent Wilkes, a California businessman whose lawyers have confirmed that he is one of four unnamed co-conspirators listed in the criminal charges against former Representative Randy Cunningham, the California Republican who pleaded guilty to taking at least $2.4 million in bribes.
Mr. Wilkes was close to several Republican members of Congress, including Mr. Cunningham and Mr. DeLay, Republican of Texas, who traveled as Mr. Wilkes’s guest in a private jet he partly owned. There is no accusation in the subpoenas of any other tie between Mr. DeLay and Mr. Cunningham, who is facing a long prison sentence.
… Mr. Wilkes is the owner of the Wilkes Corporation, an umbrella company that owns ADCS Inc. and PerfectWave Technologies, both of which received subpoenas. Mr. Wilkes also ran Group W Transportation, a company that owned fractional stakes in corporate jets and flew numerous members of Congress to events until it was closed. The company provided three flights to Mr. DeLay, who reimbursed the company, records show.
… Mr. DeLay’s campaign and political action committees were among the top beneficiaries of Mr. Wilkes’s extensive donations over the last decade. A report released this month by the Center for Responsive Politics found that entities associated with Mr. DeLay received $41,000 in contributions from the Wilkes Corporation PAC and from employees of Mr. Wilkes’s companies.
Another of Mr. Wilkes’s companies, Group W Advisors, paid over $600,000 in lobbying fees to Alexander Strategies, a consulting firm that employed Mr. DeLay’s wife, Christine, and several former DeLay staff members, according to The Associated Press and reports in The San Diego Union-Tribune.