Charitable Donations With Political Benefits

Bidness as Usual


This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

It is legal during legislative sessions for state officeholders to raise money for their favorite charities from the same people who are prohibited from donating to their political campaigns in that same time period.

The charities are perfectly worthwhile — causes that range from heartwarming to life-changing. And prominent people lend their names to such causes all the time. There is, of course, nothing wrong with raising money for the charities, and no campaign laws are being broken.

But the juxtaposition is thorny ...

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