updated 9/21/2004 2:54:43 PM ET 2004-09-21T18:54:43

Several people and corporations — including Sears and Cracker Barrel — were indicted Tuesday on charges of making illegal campaign contributions through a political action committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

DeLay, a Texas Republican, was not charged.

The grand jury has been investigating whether corporate funds were used illegally to help Republican candidates win elections in 2002 that gave the GOP a majority in the Texas House for the first time since Reconstruction.

Those charged included three members of DeLay’s PAC, Texans for a Republican Majority: John Colyandro, James Ellis and Warren RoBold.

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