On the Records: Texas Legal Spending on Redistricting

The redistricting battle has cost Texas taxpayers nearly $1.5 million in legal expenses — a total that could rise as more invoices filed by Bancroft PLLC, the outside counsel hired by the state to argue its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, are approved for payment.

Although the state's contract with Bancroft included a much steeper hourly rate for lawyers than the state pays its own staff — $520 an hour compared to about $100 — the majority of the Texas Attorney General’s Office spending was for in-house litigation and general counsel, $815,000. Texas has paid $376,800 ...

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