Six House Democrats Call on DOJ to Investigate Texas AG- Greg Abbott’s Dirty Dealings with TEF

Greg Abbott and the TEF

So far, Greg Abbott has used his power as Attorney-General of Texas to obstruct the release of documents that would shed light on Governor Rick Perry’s oversight of Texas Enterprise Fund and its mishandling of millions of Texas taxpayer dollars.  However, the demand for answers increases from a variety of sources, including Wendy Davis and the press. Now members of Congress are asking the DOJ to investigate dirty dealings between Rick Perry’s Office and the Fund.   Since Abbott used his power as Attorney-General to conceal what may be illegal and unethical activities by Rick Perry, this does not bode well for Abbott’s quest to replace Perry at the Governor’s Office.

On Monday Joaquin Castro, Sheila Jackson Lee and four of their colleagues in congress asked the Department of Justice to investigate possible illegal and unethical actions by the office of Texas Governor Rick Perry and the TEF.

This follows previous calls for an investigation,  including an October 2 letter to outgoing Attorney-General of the United States, Eric Holder signed by the 6 members of the U.S. Congress.

A couple of weeks ago, the result of an audit of TEF resulted in a damning report that rebuked TEF’s lack of oversight.  According to various reports,  TEF inappropriately distributed $550 million to businesses and universities that didn’t even submit grant applications to determine their eligibility for those funds.

It’s amazing how Republicans want people drug tested for food, but they are willing to give away millions of hard earned tax dollars to corporations without so much as a completed application form.

The audit report blasted the Office of Governor Rick Perry since he “has sole authority over negotiating on the state’s behalf when it comes to the fund.”

However, as the state’s Attorney-General, Greg Abbott played an instrumental role in this corruption scandal. In 2004, he ruled against transparency because applications might contain a corporation’s private information.  That made it impossible for independent parties to review applications or the absence of them.  In fact, it wasn’t until 2005, that state law required entities to file formal applications to qualify for grants.

After the report’s release, Wendy Davis called Abbott’s role in the TEF scandal what it is: a cover-up.

Abbott consistently used the Attorney-General’s office to conceal the fact that Perry didn’t require the companies seeking TEF funds to file forma applications. While there was nothing illegal about that during the first two year’s of the TEF’s existence, the 2005 law requiring formal applications raises serious questions.

The Texas Tribune identified five companies; Vought Aircraft, the University of Texas Health Science Center, Maxim Integrated Products, Citgo Petroleum and Cabela’s, that may have inappropriately received funds from the TEF.

This is the scandal that keeps on growing, as Wendy Davis, the press and now members of Congress demand answers. In response to this growing crises at the height of election season, Abbot’s office released a letter from Vought Aircraft, that asks the TEF to consider that letter as a formal application.  So far, that is the only document the Attorney-General’s office has released.

Aside from obstructing the transparency needed to prevent this sort of corruption, Abbott’s campaign benefitted financially from donations by corporations that inappropriately received tax dollars from the TEF.

As Wendy Davis comes within single digits of Abbott’s one time substantial lead, the Attorney-General has to be worried.  The possibility of a DOJ investigation is the last thing that Abbott’s beleaguered campaign needs.

Any light that is shed on Abbott’s dirty dealings is excellent news for the people of Texas, who desperately need a governor who cares about protecting their hard-earned tax dollars from the corruption that Rick Perry built and Greg Abbott covered up.

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13 Replies to “Six House Democrats Call on DOJ to Investigate Texas AG- Greg Abbott’s Dirty Dealings with TEF”

  1. That’s how Republicans roll, they don’t like regulations or in other words, oversight. How can a good Republican screw anybody when they are being watched? Dang nosey Democrats.

  2. Greg Abbott(the current Texas Attorney General) under investigation over CPRIT – Rick Perry arrested for abuse of power and coercion – Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for Texas attorney general, committed a crime when he violated the Texas Securities Act. Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint after it was disclosed Paxton had been disciplined by the Texas State Securities Board for soliciting investment clients without being registered as required by law. Paxton was reprimanded, and he paid a $1,000 fine. And Dannie Scott Goeb, running as Dan Patrick, has never appeared on the same stage with Greg Abbott. Absolute power has totally corrupted the Texas TEA party.( There is no more Republican Party in Texas)

  3. It’s 3 weeks before election day. Here’s how Wendy Davis successfully plays a campaign ad on this:

    Voiceover:

    “Governor Rick Perry gave $550 Million in tax dollars to Corporations that didn’t even ask for it. Gubernatorial Greg Abbott helped him hide that from you.”

    #Cite Article#

    Texans aren’t going to get the intricacies of this if you give them too much information. That’s the benefit of dumbing down your electorate. They just shut down the facts because they’re “too hard”.

  4. I hope this helps Wendy. Abbott is no more fit to be Governor than Perry. They are all corrupt, yet so called Christians vote them into office.

  5. FL Governor Rick Scott already played the ‘drug test’ game for those who collected welfare benefits — and lost — badly!!

    Results game back from the mega $$ wasted of taxpayer money used that only 108 out of 4,086 people tested — 2.6 percent — were found to have been using narcotics.

    The law was STRUCK DOWN as unconstitutional — violated the protection against unreasonable searches.

    Mississippi also played the game. Results – 12 = 2%.

    Georgia tried it too modelling it on FL & ending up suspending program.

    Arizona passed the law too.

    ReTHUGS ignored that this same ‘game’ had been struck down in 2003 in Michigan. ReTHUGS paying attention to facts & Court rulings — That will be the day!!

    It truly will not end — the Party of the Klown Kar Klan!!

  6. The federal gonernment should investigate every state that tried this. And find out who, where and what every single cent of the tax payers money went. And force every dime to be repaid and every one that took a dime has to go to prison.

    Oops..forgot for a minute.. The prisons are full of people that “committed” victimless crimes.. Gotta keep those numbers up..

  7. The state of politics today… “everybody is in it for the money”. Gone are the days when politicians truly wanted to do the people’s work. Big businesses and self anointed christians see combining the two equals money. No matter how it affects John Q Public, it is all about the money, and God don’t equate His words with neither.

  8. You are clueless about Christians. Christians are followers of Jesus. Guess you clueless about Him, too.
    There is a CURE for being in politics for the money…it’s called TERM LIMITS.

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