Americans for a Republican Majority

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Americans for a Republican Majority (also ARMPAC) was a political action committee formed by former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and directed by Karl Gallant. On July 7, 2006 ARMPAC reached an agreement with the Federal Election Commission to pay a fine of $115,000 for various violations and to shut down operations.[1] It filed its termination papers on April 24, 2007.[2]

History[edit]

Originally formed by Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Jim Ellis and several of close associates, ARMPAC was created with the goal of electing a Republican majority in the United States Congress for the 2000 elections. The millions of dollars ARMPAC raised were responsible for the success of many Republican candidates, officeholders, and PACs nationwide.[3]

An FEC audit of ARMPAC's activities during the 2002 campaign cycle (January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2002) found failures to report debts, contributions, and assets, as well as a failure to properly separate federal and non-federal spending. The audit was conducted in August 2005.[citation needed] Dani DeLay Ferro, DeLay's daughter and spokeswoman, said the fine and shutdown of ARMPAC were voluntary. In a statement, she said that the audit "concerns highly technical FEC reporting rules, which due to their complexity, the commission has since reformed and simplified." [1]

ARMPAC provided the blueprint for Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), a state-level PAC founded in Austin by Ellis and DeLay in 2001.[3]

Payments to relatives[edit]

From 2001 to January 31, 2006, ARMPAC paid Christine DeLay (DeLay's wife); Dani DeLay Ferro, and Ferro's Texas firm a total of $350,304 in political consulting fees and expenses.[4]

Officers and notable members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b PAC Tied to DeLay Is Fined, Shutting Down, AP, July 20, 2006
  2. ^ DeLay's PAC closes shop, washingtonpost.com, May 1, 2007
  3. ^ a b Bickerstaff, Steve (2007). Lines in the Sand: congressional redistricting in Texas and the downfall of Tom DeLay. University of Texas Press. p. 47. ISBN 0-292-71474-2. 
  4. ^ Smith, R. Jeffrey (June 7, 2006). "Retirement Account of DeLay's Wife Traced". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  5. ^ NNDB profile
  6. ^ "Federal Election Commission". Eqs.sdrdc.com. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  7. ^ "Jack Abramoff: External Links". SourceWatch. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  8. ^ "TPJ.org". TPJ.org. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]

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