Austin, TX– According to the Houston Chronicle, “Attorney General Ken Paxton’s former legal clients and family friends gave him $84,000 last year to fuel his long-running legal fight against securities fraud accusations”, marking a heavy drop-off in donations as the dispute drags on with no end in sight. [Houston Chronicle, February 13, 2018]
Paxton has exploited a bribery loophole and collected more than $630,000 from people he says he has a personal relationship with to finance his legal defense.
Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Must be nice to get an $84,000 Valentine’s Day gift from Paxton’s millionaire admirers. But here’s the one question every Texan should consider: What do these love-struck millionaires get in return?
“Republican Ken Paxton just exploited a bribery loophole for his millionaire donors to give him $630,000 to stay out of jail, and he’s going to owe someone, something. The fact is Texas’ top lawyer and chief law enforcement official has a for sale sign on every day he’s out on bond.”
What’s the deal with Ken Paxton? Here’s a refresher:
“Paxton faces two charges of first-degree felony securities fraud and one third-degree felony for failing to register as an investment adviser with the state. The charges stem from convincing friends and colleagues to invest in a North Texas company, Servergy, Inc., without disclosing he would make a commission.”
“The attorney general could face up to 99 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted. The date for his criminal trial is in limbo as appointed special prosecutors fight a tangential battle at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals over whether they will get paid for building a case against the attorney general.”
It’s time Texans swipe right on Texas Democrat Justin Nelson:
A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Nelson clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and 4th U.S. Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson. He is a graduate of Houston’s Lamar High School.
Nelson has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer and is also the Founder and Former President of One Nation One Vote, a non-profit dedicated to improving our democracy and changing the Electoral College.
He has practiced and taught constitutional law and is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law. He is the son of a Houston labor union lawyer and a travel agent.
Also, Justin Nelson is not facing 99 years in prison for defrauding investors.