Americans for a Republican Majority
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. It filed its termination papers on April 24, 2007.
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.
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. 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." 
Payments to relatives
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.
Officers and notable members
- James W. Ellis Executive Director
- Red Cavaney.
- John Colyandro
- Tom DeLay
- Corwin Teltschik Treasurer.
- Jack Abramoff Fundraiser.
- Warren Robold Fundraiser.
- Don McGahn Tom DeLay's former attorney who handles issues related to ARMPAC. He was appointed by George W. Bush to be a commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission.
- PAC Tied to DeLay Is Fined, Shutting Down, AP, July 20, 2006
- DeLay's PAC closes shop, washingtonpost.com, May 1, 2007
- 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.
- Smith, R. Jeffrey (June 7, 2006). "Retirement Account of DeLay's Wife Traced". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
- "Federal Election Commission". Eqs.sdrdc.com. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
- "TPJ.org". TPJ.org. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
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- Audit Shows Misreporting by DeLay PAC Fox News, August 11, 2005.
- FEC Faults Accounting at DeLay's PAC Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, Washington Post, August 12, 2005
- The Abramoff affair: Corruption scandal threatens Republican control of US Congress By Patrick Martin WSWS November 29, 2005
- DeLay Fails to get case tossed out R.G. Rattcliffe, The Houston Chronicle, December 6, 2005
- Earle probes DeLay tie to California donor Michael Hedges, The Houston Chronicle, December 14, 2005
- Legislators cut Abramoff connections - Missouri Republicans who accepted donations are giving the money away Ashley Henry, Missourian News, January 5, 2006
- Concilation Agreement between FEC and ARMPAC for violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, July 19, 2006 (pdf file)