From Holden:

No, I’m not referring to a sexual practice described in the movie Clerks, get your mind out of the gutter. “Snowballing” refers to the fact that the case against Tom DeLay is only going to get bigger.

Travis County prosecutors issued subpoenas Tuesday in the wake of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s guilty pleas, looking for connections between the broader congressional corruption case and U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s Texas political committee.

The four subpoenas were issued for Washington legal firms where Abramoff once worked or for Indian tribes, including one Abramoff represented, that gave money to Texans for a Republican Majority.

That committee, created by DeLay to elect Texas Republicans in 2002, is at the heart of money-laundering charges against the former U.S. majority leader.


Earle sought records from Abramoff’s former employers, the Washington legal firms of Greenberg Traurig and Preston Gates Ellis &Rouvelas Meeds.

The second firm gave $25,000 to Texans for a Republican Majority in 2002.


Earle also subpoenaed records from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a former Abramoff client that donated $1,000 to the Texas committee, and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, a California tribe that gave $5,000.