Without contribution limits, Texas legal reform group expects more spending from ‘bully’ attorney

Without contribution limits, Texas legal reform group expects more spending from ‘bully’ attorney

By David Yates

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – Viewing him as a “bully” at the state capitol, a legal reform group suspects plaintiffs attorney Steve Mostyn will continue to spend millions of dollars on liberal politicians, such as state Sen. Wendy Davis, to ensure he has his way with the Texas legislature.

 

As previously reported, on Dec. 31 the Mostyn Law Firm donated $1 million to the Texas Victory Committee – a joint project of Wendy R. Davis for Governor and Battleground Texas, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Davis is a democrat running for governor, likely against current Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

 

“Houston hurricane lawyer Steve Mostyn’s massive contributions to Wendy Davis are no surprise – he has a history of helping the most liberal politicians in America,” said Sherry Sylvester, spokesperson for Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC.

 

“Mostyn is viewed as a bully in our state capitol as he does everything he can to expand the reach of litigation in order to reap ever higher awards and legal fees for personal injury and mass tort plaintiff lawyers.”

 

Unlike the vast majority of states, Texas imposes no limits on the amount an individual can contribute to a state candidate.

 

So in other words, wealthy individuals spending big bucks to elect their chosen candidates and lobby the legislature defines Texas politics, according to one expert.

 

“The political climate in Texas is very distinctive; we have very low voter turnout compared to other states,” said Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

 

The SMU professor believes there is a correlation between the low voter turnout and the fact that a handful of rich Texans spend small fortunes every year to influence elections – a scenario that he suspects will not change anytime soon.

 

“The same people who are giving large contributions are spending money on lobbyists to make sure the rules don’t change,” Jillson said. “The average Texan looks at that and says ‘what’s the point.’”

When asked if Texas’ no-limit policy was ethical, Jillson said ethics is not a singular decisive rule, giving the example that a pure capitalist would argue people have the right to spend their money as they see… Continued here: http://legalnewsline.com/news/s-5201-campaigns-and-elections/246705-without-contribution-limits-texas-legal-reform-group-expects-more-spending-from-bully-attorney

 

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