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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton makes a statement to the press May 26, 2023 a day before a scheduled impeachment vote in the Texas House in a long-running ethics complaint.
Ken Paxton Impeachment

Ken Paxton’s far-right billionaire backers are fighting hard to save him

With the attorney general’s impeachment trial set for September, supporters have risen to Paxton’s defense, fueled by the deep pockets of oil-rich West Texas donors.

Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, interviewed Tim Dunn, CEO of CrownQuest Operating and chairman of Empower Texans, at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016. Photo by Brett Buchanan
Former state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, on the House floor on May 21, 2019.

An old relationship

State Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, after failing to win the endorsement of GOP caucus members for House speaker on Jan. 10, 2011.

“So too has Ken Paxton”

Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans speaks at a conservative grassroots rally for property tax relief and reform at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. April 16, 2019

“Rules for thee, not for me”

State Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, sits at his desk on the House floor in Austin on April 18, 2023.
Texas GOP Chair Matt Rinaldi speaks at a press conference at the Capitol on Aug. 30, 2021.

New scandal, old tactics

A screenshot of a text message sent by Defend Texas Liberty defending Ken Paxton the day before the Texas House impeachment vote.

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