Judgment Overturned in Texas Governor's Race Suit 10/6/13
October 6, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for failed 2006 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Bell is considering appealing a state appeals court's decision to throw out a $2 million award to Bell in a lawsuit related to the 2006 campaign.
Bell contended a national Republican organization violated state laws with $1 million in campaign donations to GOP Governor Rick Perry.
But the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin has tossed the August 2010 judgment from a Travis County judge who ruled in Bell's favor. The panel agrees with the defendant Republican Governors Association that out-of-state organizations can't be penalized for disclosure violations and aren't required to designate a state treasurer.
Bell's lawyer, Buck Wood, tells the Austin American-Statesman he may ask the court to reconsider or take the case to the Texas Supreme Court.