Grahams have made campaign contributions to Texas' top elected officials
A prominent Texas family with connections to the state’s top officials is alleged to have purchased and boarded horses for a Mexican drug cartel engaged in money laundering, according to court records. Federal indictments recently unsealed in Austin allege that … Read More
Van Taylor was elected to the State House as an economic conservative with Tea Party backing. So why won't he talk about Texas' most famous case of eminent-domain abuse?
The government takeover of private land for economic development projects is a cardinal sin for property-rights conservatives. In one of the nation’s most notorious examples, officials in the Gulf Coast town of Freeport tried to seize land so a developer … Read More
Why did Gov. Perry's insurance regulators sign their own lobbyist's paychecks?
In 2002 and 2003, a troubled auto-insurance company based in Dallas wrote checks worth more than a quarter of a million dollars to a powerful Republican lobbyist with close ties to Gov. Rick Perry. On the surface, that might not … Read More
Christi Craddick rejoins the Lobby.
Nine months after members of the Texas House stripped Midland Republican Tom Craddick of his speakership, Craddick’s daughter is dusting off her Austin lobbying shingle again. In September Christi Craddick reported to the Texas Ethics Commission that Scythian Ltd., a … Read More
Rick Perry's private tax protest.
Long before he got national attention for secessionist foreplay at Tax Day “tea parties,” Gov. Rick Perry quietly launched a personal tax revolt. In March 2001, Texas’ new governor bought an exclusive lot on Lake LBJ’s Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay … Read More
Unseated by Republican redistricting, five former Texas congressmen cash in.
In 2006, public relations giant Fleishman-Hillard Inc. announced that it was merging a recently acquired firm-Mercury Public Affairs-into Fleishman’s lobby division under former Texas Congressman Max Sandlin, the company’s newly hired co-chair. The drab press release recounting these facts illustrated … Read More
Catching up with the players from the disputed 2002 election.
The Tom DeLay scandal has been with us longer than most kindergartners. Six years have passed since the controversial 2002 election, when DeLay sprang his audacious plan to use possibly illegal corporate money to bury Texas Democrats. DeLay’s Texans for … Read More