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A particularly clear case, folks, but hardly the first–from the Austin Statesman:
A group with ties to Republicans paid $532,500 to gather petition signatures to land the Green Party of Texas on this year’s state ballot…
The group behind the effort is called Take Initiative America, which does not disclose its donors. The Dallas Morning News reported earlier this month that Republican operative Tim Mooney of Arizona connected Take Initiative America to the Green Party after the group gathered the signatures.
In addition, Cleta Mitchell, who is Take Initiative America’s counsel, is listed on the website of the Republican National Lawyers Association as its co-chair…
The presence of a Green Party candidate on the statewide ballot could take votes away from Democrat Bill White, who is challenging Gov. Rick Perry.
A poll follows.