Ethics Fight With Empower Texans Leader Far From Over

*Correction appended

The usually vociferous Michael Quinn Sullivan, leader of the conservative advocacy group Empower Texans, commanded headlines last week when he refused to answer questions from the Texas Ethics Commission at a 12-hour formal hearing. The ethics watchdog agency is investigating a complaint that Sullivan failed to register as a lobbyist in 2010 and 2011.

The hearing was just the latest chapter in an already yearslong saga pitting Sullivan against the state’s ethics enforcers. And it’s almost a sure bet that several chapters remain unwritten before the final denouement. Here, we provide the CliffsNotes on the story ...

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