Judge rules against Texans for a Republican Majority
Political action committee must pay $196,660 to five Democrats.
AUSTIN, Thursday, May 26, 9:40 a.m. — State District Judge Joe Hart ruled Thursday that Texans for a Republican Majority violated state campaign law when it failed to disclose more than a half-million dollars in corporate contributions during the 2002 state legislative elections.
Hart, however, said the plaintiffs could only collect for damages in their campaigns. He awarded $196,660 to the five Democratic candidates who lost in 2002. Included in that total was an $87,332 award to formerstate Rep. Ann Kitchen of Austin.
Five Democratic candidates sued Bill Ceverha, treasurer for Texans for a Republican Majority …