NEW YORK — A grand jury in Texas on Wednesday indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two colleagues, John Colyandro and James Ellis, on a charge of criminal conspiracy for allegedly dispensing $190,000 of funds from several corporations to a Republican political action committee, which then dispensed the money to Texas legislative candidates during the 2002 election. The indictment charges that the men broke a Texas election law against companies donating money to specific campaigns.

Included in the list of five companies named for alleged contributions was Sears, Roebuck and Co., which allegedly donated $25,000. The document filed on Sept. 28 is a reindictment of Ellis and Colyandro on charges relating to the same matter.

Sears had been previously charged with making an illegal campaign contribution, but last December prosecutors dropped the charge against the retailer in exchange for its cooperation in the case. A Sears spokesman said Wednesday the retailer is cooperating with authorities.

Following DeLay's indictment, the majority leader stepped down from his post. In several reports, DeLay said the charge was a "sham" and that he violated no law.

During the 2002 election cycle, Sears made a total of $767,577 in political contributions, 16 percent to Democratic candidates and 84 percent to Republicans.

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