AG Can’t Accept Out-of-State Gifts for Legal Fees

A Texas Ethics Commission opinion that would have allowed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to fund his ongoing legal battle through out-of-state donors failed to pass by one vote Monday.The commission was asked anonymously if an individual working in the attorney general’s office may accept “benefits” from people or entities outside Texas.A draft opinion considered by the commission said a person in the attorney general’s office — including Paxton — would not be prohibited from accepting money in circumstances where an out-of-state donor does not have any pending matters before the attorney general’s office.But three commissioners – Jim Clancy, Tom Ramsay and Bob Long – voted against the proposal. Four voted for it; five votes are needed to pass an opinion.

Source: Commission: Paxton Can’t Accept Out-of-State Gifts for Legal Fees | The Texas Tribune

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