Walmart’s donation to Abbott, other Texas politicians raise questions

Commission Shift, a nonprofit campaign seeking an overhaul ethics at the Texas Railroad Commission, recently studied who finances the reelection campaigns of the three people who regulate the oil and gas industry.

No big surprise that 67 percent of donations come from people or organizations connected to the oil and gas industry. Most of the money comes from pipeline and wastewater disposal companies, the sectors where commissioners have the most power to resolve disputes and issue permits.

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