In a letter ruling his past Friday, Travis County Judge Joe Hart denied Texas Association of Business (TAB) President Bill Hammond, former board member Mike Toomey, and TAB staff lobbyist Jack Campbell’s motions for summary judgment in a case brought by Democrat legislators against the TAB defendants, as well as some thirty corporate donors, for what the lawmakers claimed were violations of state elections laws in the 2002 general election. Judge Hart explained that he denied the TAB defendants’ motions for summary judgment because a fact question existed as to whether their collaboration and actions would qualify them as a political action committee.


Judge Hart granted the coporate donors’ motions for summary judgment however, removing any deep pockets from the list of defendants—a fairly fatal blow to most lawsuits.

Thx to the Statesman and Paul Burka