August 12, 2019/Media

Roundup: Texas Democratic Party Files Lawsuit On Serious Campaign Finance Violations by Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen and Michael Quinn Sullivan

Austin, TXLast week, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit on the serious campaign finance violations committed by Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen and Michael Quinn Sullivan, creating a stir in Texas and the nation while attempting to hold the speaker and Quinn Sullivan accountable for their actions.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Texans deserve to know what happens in their government on their dime, and that elected officials are getting their job done, not scheming to abuse power. That is why today, the Texas Democratic Party and State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos took legal action against dark money operative Michael Quinn Sullivan in an effort to hold him and co-conspirator Speaker Dennis Bonnen accountable for potential campaign finance violations of the Texas Election Code.

“Texans are fed up with back-room deals and unaccountable politicians who put the pursuit of power over everything. These accounts of Speaker Bonnen and Republican Chair Burrow’s comments show they don’t give a damn about the needs of Texans or the respect due to their fellow members elected by the people. To add insult to injury, it has become clear that Speaker Bonnen made demeaning and bigoted comments about duly-elected Democratic members of the Texas House. His derogatory comments not only show a serious lack of judgment and leadership, they show a lack of respect for women, the LGBT community, and the Jewish community.”

For a partial roundup of coverage of the Texas Democratic Party lawsuit, see below:

Dallas Morning News: “The Texas Democratic Party is suing House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, alleging they created an unregistered political action committee and violated other state election laws. The Democrats also allege that Bonnen and Burrows directed Sullivan to make political contributions or expenditures at their request under his political action committee, Empower Texans, which is illegal under Texas campaign finance law. They further claim that the alleged quid pro quo Bonnen offered Sullivan of public benefits in return for targeting elected officials amounts to a violation of state law.”

Houston Chronicle: “The Texas Democratic Party is suing House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan over a meeting the two held last month, alleging the pair violated state election laws and requesting that a secret audio recording of the conversation be made public.”

Texas Tribune: “Filed Thursday in Travis County District Court, the suit claims that Sullivan, along with Bonnen and Burrows, effectively created a political committee during their meeting by discussing the targeting of certain Republicans in the 2020 primaries. That committee was not registered with the state, the lawsuit claims — one of a suite of campaign finance violations the lawsuit alleges.”



Austin American Statesman

Fort-Worth Star Telegram


KXAN Austin

CBS Austin

Texas Monthly

ABC News

New York Times

Washington Post

Dallas Observer

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


The New Republic


Texas Tribune