%0;:;.2.944*11:,2, aiaeiaa. i j6 r1W 4″ saittiattfutiftg 7r” S.C.41PAg g dfound them elves as they say i :11,010k. tancial world, “upside down.” They went bankrupt and began looking for work. According to the Ethics Commission, Barnes has seven clients. Gtech continues to a lot of people in this profession.” Ah, and it’s such an old profession. You don’t need a college degree. And it’s hIcrafive, too, as Guerrero can attest. According to documents filed with the Ethics Commission, the former rep from Austin is billing clients like the Texas Restaurant Association from $25,000 to $49,999.99 for her expertise. Gib Lewis, the ethically challenged former Speaker of the House, has found financial solace in the lobby. While in office, Lewis pleaded no contest to two ethics charges and paid an $800 fine for failing to disclose holdings in dozens of firms that could have been affected by his job at the state. Lewis, who served a record five terms as Speaker of the House, gave up the gavel in January 1993. By the end of that same year, Lewis had collected nearly $600,000 from special interests like the National Rifle Ass6ciation, Dell Computer and the Tandy Corporation. Another former speaker, -Billy Clayton, was accused of extortion, racketeering, fraud and conspiracy while in office. A former legislator and cotton farmer from Springlake, Clayton served 20 years in the Texas House and was elected to four terms as Speaker. Clayton was cleared in federal court of charges that he accepted $5,000 in return for reopening bidding on a $76 million state employees health insurance contract. Today, Clayton says the whole affair was “a night THE TEXAS OBSERVER 15
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