Monday, March 27, 2006
Travis County Attorney David Escamilla announced today that the two-year statute of limitations governing Texas' lobby laws bars him from pursuing allegations that Ralph Reed violated Texas lobby disclosure laws four years ago. Recent probes of crooked federal lobbyist Jack Abramoff have produced evidence that Abramoff may have paid Reed in 2002 to lobby Texas officials on behalf of gambling interests and the in-school television network Channel One.Below is a link to a statement from Travis County Attorney Escamilla and a statement from TPJ Director Craig McDonald (TPJ, Texas Common Cause and Public Citizen Texas filed the Reed complaint with Escamilla in December 2005). To read that complaint: here. Statement of Craig McDonald:"The available evidence suggests that Jack Abramoff paid Ralph Reed millions of dollars in gambling money to lobby in Texas. Although this would rank among the largest lobby contracts ever to come to light in Texas, Mr. Reed failed to register as a lobbyist. Given the prosecutor's conclusion that the statute of limitations for such a crime grants Mr. Reed a walk, we reluctantly leave final judgment in this matter to higher powers."