By Jon Opelt, Houston Director
“The public is left in the dark when PACs are able to craft their name so as to hide the driving force behind the money,” said Jon Opelt, Houston director of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.
“It’s a potential Trojan Horse attack on the Texas political process,” he
“Personal injury lawyers are camouflaging their political contributions in obscurely named PACs,” said Opelt
The intent was to ensure honesty in disclosure,” Opelt
“Most of that money is expected to find its way into Texas political races in November,” said Opelt
“It is unhealthy when a handful of folks can dictate the political process.”
“If these trial lawyers are proud of their self-proclaimed role as ‘champions of the little guy,’ why do they funnel donations through obscure political action committees?
Are they trying to hide their political might?” Opelt
“There ought to be truth in labeling,” Opelt
“The public has a right to know who is paying for political campaigns.
The Ethics Commission
should launch an investigation into the legality of these vaguely named PACs,” said Opelt
“In the spirit of honesty and openness, we call on them to change the names of their PACs to Texas Trial Lawyer 2000 PAC and Personal Injury Lawyers’ Constitutional Defense Fund,” he
As the PACs dole out their contributions, Opelt
group would continue to track the “political droppings of this Trojan Horse.”