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February 11, 2017      6:04 PM

SB: Special prosecutors in Paxton felony case point to Tim Dunn political operation as tainting jury pool

Raises the question of possible quid pro quo; prosecutors point to radio ads that ran in the Metroplex on Paxton’s behalf after the AG abandoned the Texas Ethics Commission in its investigation of Empower Texans’ campaign finances

The special prosecutors in the felony fraud case of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s alleged swindling of investors have now pointed the finger directly at the political network of Midland oilman Tim Dunn for trying to taint the jury pool in Collin County.

Empower Texans, Watchdog.org, and former KTRK Channel 13 in Houston Reporter Wayne Dolcefino are all accused by prosecutors of working on Dunn and Paxton’s behalf as part of “Team Paxton” to smear the victims in the case, including Texas House State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook, R-Corsicana.

Rep. Cook and another man, Joel Hochberg, say Paxton convinced them to invest in a company without disclosing that he received a commission for doing it. Paxton faces first-degree felony charges for securities fraud. He has denied doing anything wrong in either the criminal case in Collin County or a similar civil case in federal court. The case, of course, deals with Paxton’s alleged conduct as a private citizen.

By Scott Braddock

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