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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Perry vetoes ‘dark money’ disclosure bill

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed a bill that required some politically active nonprofits to disclose their major donors, saying it would have a “chilling effect” on free speech.

The bill had been seen as a likely target for a veto as influential conservative groups had urged Perry to strike it down.

Perry issued his veto message Saturday.

Supporters said the bill would crack down on “dark money,” or contributions secretly made to groups that avoid campaign finance and disclosure laws because of their nonprofit status.

Lawmakers could override Perry’s veto before the session adjourns Monday, but that appears unlikely considering the super-majority of lawmakers that would need in the House and Senate that would take.

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Senate Bill 346: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=83R&B ill(equals)SB346.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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