Saturday, October 28, 2006

Abbott spends taxpayer dollars on his TV ads

Which is a big fat violation of the law.

WFAA in Dallas reports, and pulls no punches.

For those of you unable to view the video, here's the summary:

Three years ago and shortly after he was elected attorney general, Greg Abbott ordered the OAG to purchase video equipment worth $66,000, and hired a videographer at a salary of $70,000 -- all at taxpayer expense -- to record, among other things, arrests of alleged child predators (the tapes show armed agents invading a home and subduing a suspect) . These videos have been seen in his recent barrage of television commercials.

They are also available for viewing at his campaign website.

Tom Smith of Public Citizen is quoted in the WFAA report saying that the law is clear in these cases, and that what the Attorney General has done is illegal. Abbott refused comment, but his campaign chairman responded with an e-mail statement indicating the videos were "obtained" through the FOI act.

David Van Os had this to say:

"I'm not surprised. It is representative of how Abbott has used his office for four years, and that is to promote himself."

I can't really add any outrage to this except to ask, "Have you had enough?"

Update: The Associated Press picks up on the story, and the Fort Worth Startle-Gram runs with it.

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