Indicted Texas AG Can't Pay Fees With Out-Of-State Cash

Law360, Houston (February 1, 2016, 10:02 PM EST) -- An advisory opinion that would have given Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton the go-ahead to use out-of-state donations to cover his legal fees related to the felony securities fraud charges he faces failed by one vote Monday at a meeting of the Texas Ethics Commission.

The commission voted 4-3 on the advisory opinion that would have greenlit the acceptance of out-of-state gifts by any attorney general's office employees. Five votes are required for approval. An advisory opinion can be used as a defense to prosecution.

The vote comes two months after the commission referred the draft opinion to a three-person subcommittee...

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