Dark Money: By a unanimous vote, the Texas Ethics Commission dismissed complaints against Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan. The earliest complaints were filed in 2012 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and former Rep. Vicki Truitt (R-Keller), and they led to the initial investigation into whether the group coordinated with donors, who they weren’t required to disclose, to influence primary elections. The group also has a PAC, which discloses its donors and expenditures.

The commission issued subpoenas in 2014. As several lawsuits slogged their way through the judicial process, the AG’s office said that Empower Texans made a judicial admission of raising less than the $500 threshold that legally requires establishing a PAC. The commission’s director of enforcement recommended the case be dropped.

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