The whole proof has just been added to my last post in the Mace's Death Thread in the Episode 3 Spoilers Section.
I didn't want to get repetative here, but will copy / paste and post if requested to do so.
The Phantom Menace now makes more sense than ever before!
George Lucas is a genius! This will upset The Godfather as one of the greatest family dramas in all history!
But you will see the influence.
The Dooku Connection post in the infamous "Mace's Death Thread"