Monday, August 10, 2015

The felony indictment of AG Ken Paxton has prompted the NY Times and the Houston Chronicle to publish profiles on TPJ's work. 

NY Times: Texas Watchdog Group Calls Another Political Titan to Account 


McKINNEY, Tex. — When Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas was booked at the county jail here Monday on felony fraud charges, he joined some pretty high-powered company, including Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, and former Gov. Rick Perry, as powerful Texas officials indicted while in office over the last decade.

The three had something else in common: a former Michigan community organizer named Craig McDonald. The cases leading to the indictments, Mr. DeLay’s in 2005 and Mr. Perry’s in 2014, started with the low-budget, nonprofit government watchdog group Mr. McDonald runs out of a basement office in Austin, with 30-year-old furniture and few frills. (Read more.)

Watchdog makes big waves with small resources 
 By Peggy Fikac August 9, 2015

AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton and former Gov. Rick Perry may have a long legal slog ahead as they battle their indictments. But Craig McDonald, whose watchdog group filed the criminal complaints that spurred both cases, isn’t saying where he thinks their road should end. The job he sees for himself with regard to their cases was all but over when the indictments were delivered. Read the full profile.