A Texas grand jury asked Thursday for all e-mail sent and received in 2002 by three indicted associates of Rep. Tom DeLay as part of an investigation into an alleged campaign finance scheme.
The latest subpoenas request correspondence to and from e-mail addresses belonging to John D. Colyandro, James W. Ellis and Warren RoBold. The grand jury did not ask DeLay to provide any e-mail.
Colyandro was executive director of Texans for a Republican Majority, a political action committee founded by DeLay. Ellis runs DeLay's national fundraising committee, Americans for a Republican Majority, and RoBold is a Republican fundraiser in Washington.
Prosecutors allege that DeLay and his associates funneled corporate money given to the Texas committee to an arm of the Republican National Committee, and that the RNC sent it back to seven GOP candidates for the Texas Legislature. Texas law prohibits corporate money from being used directly in a political campaign.
DeLay, Ellis and Colyandro are charged with conspiracy and money laundering. Colyandro and RoBold are charged with accepting or making restricted corporate donations.
Among the information being requested by the grand jury are records from DeLay's political committee in Texas, including billing information and subscriber and recipient details.
The grand jury also requested again phone records from DeLay's daughter, Danielle DeLay Ferro, a political consultant who worked for DeLay's Texas committee.
"It's interesting that they're trying to find evidence at this late date," said Ellis's attorney Jonathan D. Pauerstein, who filed motions Thursday to get the charges against his client dismissed.
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who is running the investigation, did not comment.
DeLay's legal team, meanwhile, sought subpoenas for three officials -- Texas Democratic Party Chairman Charles Soechting; David A. Reisman, executive director of the Texas Ethics Commission; and Chris Elliott, chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party.
The officials may be asked to testify at a hearing Tuesday on whether state District Judge Bob Perkins should continue to preside over DeLay's case. DeLay wants the judge removed because of contributions Perkins has made to Democratic candidates and causes.