This man doesn't respect the law.
And he doesn't respect you.
It's time to fire Ken Paxton.
Whistleblower Lawsuit and an FBI Investigation
In 2020, the FBI began an ongoing investigation of Paxton after seven of the top employees in his official state office accused him of bribery and abuse of power and called for a federal investigation. The employees accused Paxton of illegally using his official office to benefit a controversial Austin developer, Nate Paul, who had contributed $25,000 to his 2018 campaign. In January 2022, Paxton asked the Texas Supreme Court to dismiss the whistleblower lawsuit against him. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Reports of an Extramarital Affair
In 2020, it was reported that Paxton, an outspoken Christian conservative, had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job at the company of Nate Paul – the controversial Austin developer at the center of the ongoing whistleblower lawsuit and FBI investigation into Paxton. 11, 12
Bribery Complaint Over Legal Defense
In 2015, Paxton accepted nearly $330,000 from wealthy donors and friends to help pay for his legal defense in connection with his 2015 indictment on securities fraud charges, prompting a bribery complaint by an unnamed employee. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Faces Up to 99 Years in Prison After Being Arrested and Charged With Three Felonies for Deceiving Investors for his Personal Gain
In 2015, Paxton, who is currently Texas’ “top law enforcement officer,” was arrested, booked in jail, and charged with three felonies for deceiving investors for his personal gain. Paxton has repeatedly tried to delay the criminal case, which is ongoing and could result in a maximum prison sentence of 99 years. The charges stem from Paxton’s 2011 solicitation of investors, including several of his own friends and a colleague in the state legislature, to invest more than $600,000 in Servergy without revealing that the tech company was paying him a commission, and misrepresenting himself as an investor in the company. Servergy paid Paxton with 100,000 shares of stock, worth $1 a share. 19, 20, 21, 22
Caught on Video Snatching a $1,000
In 2013, Paxton was caught on video taking a lawyer’s $1,000 MontBlanc pen at the Collin County Courthouse. The Collin County Sheriff’s Department reviewed security footage of the incident and recognized Paxton as the person who took the pen. Paxton only returned the pen after a sheriff’s deputy asked him about it. 23, 24
A Shady Land Deal Leads to a Grand Jury Investigation
In 2004, Paxton and his politically connected associates bought 35 acres of undeveloped land in McKinney, lobbied to re-zone it for a new public building, and sold it for a profit 18 months later. One of Paxton’s friends who co-owned the land with him served as the vice chairman of the local zoning commission and presided over the agency’s debate and favorable vote for the zoning change. In January 2016, a grand jury investigation was opened, with two special prosecutors appointed, to look into Paxton’s role in the 2004 shady land deal. 25, 26, 27
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