News Release

Texans for Public Justice,  609 W. 18th Street, Suite E,  Austin, TX 78701, PH:(512) 472-9770, FAX:(512) 472-9830 E-Mail: ,
For Immediate Release: 
December 20, 2001
Contact: Craig McDonald 

TPJ Receives $50,000 Soros Research Grant

Austin, TX: : Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) announced today that it received a major grant from the Open Society Institute’s Program on Law and Society. The grant supports TPJ’s ongoing research into how private money influences Texas’ judicial elections. The $50,000 grant will fund the first year of a proposed multi-year research agenda. Investor George Soros is the founder, funder and chairman of the New York-based Open Society Institute.

“We are pleased that such a respected institution is supporting our legal reform work,” said TPJ Director Craig McDonald. “No other state in the union has a greater need for fundamental judicial reform.”

Receiving no corporate or government funding, TPJ relies on foundation grants for most of its funding. In 2001, it raised $275,000 from foundation grants, or enough to cover 85 percent of its $325,000 annual operating budget. TPJ also receives financial support from approximately 1,000 individual Texans.

The following foundations support Texans for Public Justice research and advocacy projects:

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Texans for Public Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy
organization that tracks the role of money in Texas politics.

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