Lobbyists Shower Lawmakers, State Staffers With Gifts

Bidness as Usual

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

In 2011, lobbyist James Frinzi approached state Rep. Rafael Anchia and asked him to carry a bill on electric car charging stations. Anchia agreed, so long as Frinzi got the testimony lined up when the bill came up in committee.

But when the measure came up, no one was there to speak in favor of it, leaving the Dallas Democrat steamed. Not long after, an unexpected and unwanted apology gift from Frinzi arrived in Anchia's office: a baseball signed by former ...

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