Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Texas AG Ken Paxton Can't Accept Out-of-State Donations for Legal Defense

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton - COURTESY
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Someone from the Texas Attorney General's Office anonymously asked the Texas Ethics Commission whether that person would be able to accept out-of-state donations for a legal defense if those donors didn't have a case that fell under the AG's jurisdiction or some kind of relationship with the office. 

Who could it be? 

Media outlets across Texas quickly outed the anonymous person as none other than indicted Lone Star State Attorney General Ken Paxton, who faces two felony charges of securities fraud. He's also facing another — unrelated — criminal investigation for a 2004 land deal, the Houston Chronicle reported in January

In a narrow vote, the Texas Ethics Commission voted against allowing someone from the AG's office to accept those donations, the Texas Tribune reported

Paxton has pleaded not guilty to the securities fraud accusations. 

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