Andrew Wheat

Andrew Wheat is the research director for Texans for Public Justice.

By Andrew Wheat:

Criminal Justice

Indicted Senator Carlos Uresti Exchanged Campaign Funds with Alleged Co-Conspirators

The transactions raise more legal and ethical questions for the embattled senator, experts say.

State Senator Carlos Uresti, who recently was indicted on 13 felony fraud and bribery charges, also exchanged almost $25,000 in campaign money with his alleged co-conspirators, the Observer found. Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat serving his 11th year in the … Read More


Patriots for Hire

Last fall a group of well-connected Republicans formed a new lobby and consulting firm in Austin. The Patriot Group’s partners boast strong ties to Tom DeLay’s indicted Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC) and to Texans for Lawsuit Reform … Read More


Texas’ First Postmodern Lobbyist

Texas' First Postmodern Lobbyist

Future historians may single out the ongoing criminal probe of Tom DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC) as the catalyst that pushed the modern Texas lobby into postmodernism. Heretofore the time-honored way to join Texas’ lobby elite was to … Read More