Texas’ three sitting Railroad Commissioners raised more than $11 million in recent years, taking 60 percent of it from the oil and gas industry that they’re elected to regulate, a new study by Texans for Public Justice, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club's Lone Star Chapter finds.
The report, “Rigged: How the Texas Oil and Gas Industry Bankrolls Its Own Regulators,” analyzes campaign contributions to the incumbent commissioners and to the four candidates who faced off to replace retiring Commissioner David Porter. Wayne Christian, who prevailed in Tuesday's election took 65 percent of his campaign money from the industry he will regulate.
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Rigged: How the Texas Oil and Gas Industry Bankrolls Its Own Regulators.