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How Texas Supreme Court Justices Raised $11 Million

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E. Justicesí Top Business Donors



 
  Money To Justices'   No. of
Employer/PAC Latest Elections Interest Checks
Bass Family
$164,000
Energy
47
Enron Corp
$103,108
Energy
54
TX Society of CPAs
$85,200
Accounting
27
TX Medical Assn
$78,313
Medical
30
HB Zachry Co
$59,250
Construction
76
Beecherl Investments
$58,486
Energy
22
HEB Grocery Co
$55,629
Misc. Business
21
Kinetic Concepts
$55,300
Medical
28
TX Automobile Dealers Assn
$53,000
Transportation
27
Contran Corp
$50,500
Finance
21
Coastal Corp
$50,100
Energy
21
Reliant Energy
$49,200
Energy
28
TX Assn of Business & Commerce
$43,250
Misc. Business
21
Sterling Chemicals
$42,000
Chemicals
25
TX Assn of Realtors
$42,000
Real Estate
18
Hunt Oil Co
$40,250
Energy
23
Texans for Lawsuit Reform
$40,000
Tort Law
8
Perry Homes
$39,500
Construction
13
TX Civil Justice League
$39,400
Tort Law
28
TX Restaurant Assn
$38,532
Misc. Business
17
USAA Group
$38,500
Insurance
16
Wagner & Brown Ltd
$38,000
Energy
19
Exxon
$37,375
Energy
118
TRT Holdings
$36,995
Real Estate
20
TX Utilities
$36,750
Energy
46
TOTAL
$1,374,638
 
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The justices took $1.4 million from the top 25 businesses and business trade groups, or 13 percent of all the money that they raised. These business donors have huge financial interests in the full gamut of tort lawsuits that come before the justices. These include: toxic torts (Energy and Chemical donors); malpractice (Accounting and Medical donors); worker injuries (Energy, Construction and Chemical donors); and premises liability (Real Estate, Grocery and Restaurant donors). This top-25 list also includes three umbrella business groups that specialize in limiting the legal liabilities of businesses that harm consumers, workers or communities (the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Civil Justice League).



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