Follow the Money…. Harold Simmons owns Waste Control Specialists, the company operating the radioactive waste dump in Andrews County, Texas
Perry & Simmons Arm Hance Scarborough PAC
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A PAC formed by a GOP-friendly Austin law firm in 2008 didn’t get much traction until two of the nation’s top three donors began dumping a quarter million dollars into it. Lobby Watch digs into Hance Scarborough’s HS Law PAC as it begins to flex political muscle on behalf of its powerful sponsors: Bob Perry and Harold Simmons.
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Hance Scarborough defended another Perry-funded PAC from charges levied by 2006 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Bell.
After losing the election, Bell filed a lawsuit accusing Governor Perry and the Republican Governors Association (RGA) of violating state campaign laws by hiding the true source of a $1 million Bob Perry contribution. Case depositions revealed that Governor Perry’s campaign officials solicited funds from then-RGA Chair Mitt Romney in October 2006. Two days later Bob Perry sent $1 million to the RGA, which flipped that same amount to Rick Perry in a transaction disclosed after the election. The Perry campaign settled Bell’s lawsuit for $426,000. Ruling that the RGA violated Texas campaign finance law, State District Judge John Dietz ordered the RGA to pay Bell $2 million in 2010. Hance Scarborough has appealed that decision to Austin’s Third Court of Appeals (which also is reviewing Tom DeLay’s criminal conviction).
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