Fall 2006 was a critical period for Democrats who had been toiling for a decade to reclaim the majority in the stateHouse.The Bonusgate indictment alleges that they pulled out all the stops, even paying a computer consultant, Eric Buxtonand his Harrisburg company, Govercom Strategies, hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars for political work.Prosecutors have argued that Buxton, son of a longtime state representative from Harrisburg, was paid with taxdollars for government services while in reality he only worked on campaigns.Cott and three others were charged with theft stemming from the Govercom arrangement.DeWeese was mentioned in the indictment, but only in passing. It noted that virtually all dealings with Buxton amongHouse Democrats were done through the state e-mail system. DeWeese was one of the few exceptions, because heused his campaign account to correspond with Buxton.But his legislative aides who worked on his campaign did not.The documents Cott provided show that several of those aides were in regular contact with Buxton, using their statee-mail accounts to task the consultant with campaign work.Staffers Tom Andrews and Kevin Sidella had Buxton send fund-raising e-mails and news releases, update thecampaign Web site, and help solve computer glitches.On Oct. 31, 2006, Andrews sent Buxton an e-mail telling him to drop everything and create a document with a photoof DeWeese receiving the NRA's defender of freedom award."It will go to all 50th District MALES," Andrews, DeWeese's legislative press secretary, instructed Buxton.In some cases, such blast campaign e-mails backfired."Do not send any more e-mails," constituent Karen Zgela wrote DeWeese, demanding a month before the November 2006 election that he take her off the e-mail list. "It is just a waste of taxpayers money."Sidella and Buxton are cooperating with prosecutors under grants of immunity.Sidella left the state House to open a private consulting business in 2007 and was immediately hired to help guideDeWeese's campaign.In an interview last week, Andrews said he took time off from his state job to help DeWeese's campaign. Asked toprovide documentation, however, Andrews did not respond.He also said he didn't know how Buxton was being paid.State records show the DeWeese reelection campaign paid Buxton's firm only $530 in 2006 - $500 to buy a databaseand $30 for a domain name - even though the e-mails suggest he did a lot more work than that.For most of 2006, Buxton was paid $16,875 monthly under a state contract with House Democrats.Buxton's attorney, Ed Spreha, declined to comment.Nick Rodriguez-Cayro, Sidella's attorney, said his client had cooperated fully with the probe."Let me make it clear: He was an employee - not a manager - who followed the directions he was given by hissupervisors," he said of Sidella. Asked who those supervisors were, Rodriguez-Cayro said DeWeese and his former chief of staff.