The Washington Post, being the liberal rag that it is, points out that the campaign finance laws which Republican operatives have been commanded to claim were just passed are actually quite old.
"Using corporate funds for state election purposes has long been illegal in Texas, as it is in 17 other states," says the Post, but despite this simple fact, the talking points circulating around the net and here on Blogcritics are getting repeated anyway.
I'm looking at a case here, Castillo v. State, 59 S.W.3d 357, in which a man was convicted in 2001 of violating Texas Election code 253.003. If, as it has been alleged, the laws were enacted in 2002, then it's hard to explain this strange circumstance. The indictment cites Texas election codes 253.003, 253.094, and 253.104.
Furthermore 253.001 was amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 899, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1134, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
I'm pretty sure Delay's attorneys wouldn't make such completely baseless arguments unless there was at least some tenuous point with which to hammer away at. If anyone knows what it is, I would be interested to hear it. So far I haven't heard anyone who isn't TOTA. (translation? Talking Out of Their A....)