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Corruption Wins! TAB That Financed Sid Miller's Campaign Fliers With Anonymous Donors? Fine and Dandy!

7 April 2008 at 8:53:32 AM

Here's some background. Also you may recall that Sid Miller is mentioned in the Tom DeLay movie, because he was financed by TAB in his race against David Lengefeld of Hamilton. Here's a couple of short clips from that.


So here's the latest.

AUSTIN -- A state district judge has dismissed a campaign finance lawsuit against a statewide business group, its contributors and a high-powered lobbyist over the use of corporate money in a handful of legislative races.

Five Democratic candidates who were defeated in 2002 sued the Texas Association of Business over the group's effort that year to help elect a Republican majority to the Texas House of Representatives.

The business group spent $1.7 million sending 4 million pieces of mail to voters in two dozen key races. The campaign was secretly financed by 30 corporate donors, mostly insurance companies.

To remind again; Sid Miller took over 53,000 from TRMPAC;  that after Sid Miller won, guess who benefitted from this. Insurance companies, who just happened to be amongst the anonymous donors to TAB.

Austin lawyer Joe Crews, who represented the five Democrats, including former state Rep. Ann Kitchen of Austin, said he planned to appeal. He argued that the mailers were campaign materials and that the association operated as an illegal political committee.

Andy Taylor, a Houston lawyer for the business association, said the ruling signaled a new acceptance of anonymously financed campaign issue ads.

"If the Legislature wants to change the law, it's up to them, but the courts aren't going to do it for them," Taylor said.

Seems to me that the Texas legislature needs to fix THAT up really quick. I want to know WHO is behind these expensive campaign flyers that are, if not advocating for a particular person, at least advocating for a particular party in a particular district.  Of course, again, this will be repealed.

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