Rubber Stamp McCain Hires TRMPAC-linked Terry Nelson
by Matt Stoller, Sat Mar 18, 2006 at 01:14:58 PM EST
So I'm reading all about John McCain's new advisor Terry Nelson, a well-known Bush guy. McCain thinks that it's the Republican establishment who he has to court in order to win the nomination, and he's doing his best to pander to them. This recruit is a double-whammy, because Nelson was sandwiched right between Tom Delay and Rove's RNC in the alleged money laundering that took place in Texas in 2002.
The political director for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign testified Friday before a grand jury investigating charges that corporate money was used illegally in 2002 state legislative races.
A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee confirmed that political director Terry Nelson testified.
The spokeswoman, Lindsay Taylor, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the RNC would have no further comment.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that Nelson emerged from the secret grand jury meeting after about an hour on Friday and referred all questions to the RNC.
Nelson, the RNC's former deputy chief of staff, could not be reached.
He joined the Bush-Cheney campaign last May.
The grand jury is looking into whether state law was violated when an RNC group gave $190,000 to seven candidates for the Texas House in 2002.
The donations to each candidate were made on the same day two weeks after Texans for a Republican Majority, created by U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, sent $190,000 in corporate money to the RNC group.
Under state law, DeLay's political committee could not legally give corporate donations to candidates.
Democrats charge that Republicans took money that couldn't be given to candidates and moved it around before donating it to their candidates.
Republican officials have said the transactions were legal and the timing and amounts were coincidental.
Understand what's going on here. Nelson is a GOP establishment marker - he has dealt with Delay and Rove and has testified to a grand jury. He's as loyalist a Bush loyalist as they come. He's also in and around the massive conservative slush fund machine that is sending GOPers to jail.
And now he's in with McCain. Get the picture?