Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ributions from the industry they regulate. But with support from the House Energy Resources Committee, of which Tom Craddick is a member, it has beaten back …"

"… d have regulated or taxed the industry in some way. Most died in the House Energy Resources Committee, where six of the 11 members, including Craddick, own …"

"… e inherited mineral rights from her parents worth as much as $10,000. The Energy Resources Committee is led by Republican Rep. Jim Keffer, whose investment …"

"… cturing of the Railroad Commission. But the core reforms died in the House Energy Resources Committee, where Keffer, the nine-term Republican with hefty ene …"

State judges: We don't need no stinkin' disclosure

By John Dunbar, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Officials defend limited financial disclosure for high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… le aren't),” the paper wrote. “The Texas Legislature and the Texas Ethics Commission are on notice.” Other comments The District of Columbia (15 …"

Wendy Davis kicks fundraising into top gear

By Adam Wollner

State senator from Texas raising profile — and big money — in D.C. as she mulls gubernatorial bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… Davis raised more than $933,000 in the final two weeks of June, a recent Texas Ethics Commission report shows. About one-third of that money came from outside the state, …"

Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… energy, soon after he made several rulings at IURC that would benefit the energy company. The waiver drew immediate criticism and questions about whether t …"

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

By Caitlin Ginley

Our State Integrity Investigation reveals corruption risks in all 50 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… e entity they are charged with overseeing — the governor’s office. The Texas Ethics Commission is comprised of appointees by the governor and legislature, which not only …"

More cities offering wireless Internet access

By David Baumgarten

Bells call it unfair competition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… ts list SBC as a client for 2005 on registration forms they filed with the Texas Ethics Commission — on the statehouse in Austin. With Verizon lobbyists also supporting H. …"

Under pressure

By Robert Morlino

Hot-button issues spur lobby spending as some states weaken disclosure

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… s for their efforts. In Texas, lobbyists disclose salaries in a range. The Texas Ethics Commission reported that lobbyists earned somewhere between $132,485,542 and $516,155 …"

Enron top brass accused of dumping stock were big political donors

By John Dunbar, Robert Moore and MaryJo Sylwester

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2002 — Twenty-four top executives and board members at Enron Corp. contributed nearly $800,000 to national political

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy policy maker":

"… ded by then-Senator and now Attorney General John Ashcroft.Lay, a one-time energy policy maker for Richard Nixon, was one of the 214 Bush “Pioneers,” supporters who …"