TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION

Ethics Advisory Question

Whether a corporation may coordinate with candidates or political committees on the content, timing, and distribution of advertisements that criticize or praise candidates--including those with whom the corporation coordinates and their opponents--for opposing or supporting certain legislative policies. (AOR-659.)

The Texas Ethics Commission is authorized by section 571.091 of the Government Code to issue advisory opinions in regard to the following statutes: (1) Chapter 572, Government Code; (2) Chapter 302, Government Code; (3) Chapter 303, Government Code; (4) Chapter 305, Government Code; (5) Chapter 2004, Government Code; (6) Title 15, Election Code; (7) Chapter 159, Local Government Code; (8) Chapter 36, Penal Code; (9) Chapter 39, Penal Code; (10) Section 2152.064, Government Code; and (11) Section 2155.003, Government Code.

Questions on particular submissions should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, (512) 463-5800 or opinions@ethics.state.tx.us.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on April 27, 2022.

TRD-202201641

J.R. Johnson

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: April 25, 2022


Whether a corporation subject to section 253.094 of the Texas Election Code may provide pro bono legal services to candidates or political committees in Texas for the purpose of challenging in court the interpretation or constitutionality of a Texas law or regulation subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas Ethics Commission. (AOR-660.)

The Texas Ethics Commission is authorized by section 571.091 of the Government Code to issue advisory opinions in regard to the following statutes: (1) Chapter 572, Government Code; (2) Chapter 302, Government Code; (3) Chapter 303, Government Code; (4) Chapter 305, Government Code; (5) Chapter 2004, Government Code; (6) Title 15, Election Code; (7) Chapter 159, Local Government Code; (8) Chapter 36, Penal Code; (9) Chapter 39, Penal Code; (10) Section 2152.064, Government Code; and (11) Section 2155.003, Government Code.

Questions on particular submissions should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, (512) 463-5800 or opinions@ethics.state.tx.us.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on April 27, 2022.

TRD-202201642

J.R. Johnson

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: April 25, 2022


Whether a specific-purpose committee's contributions and expenditures trigger section 253.007's restrictions on the lobbying activity of candidates and officeholders. (AOR-662.)

The Texas Ethics Commission is authorized by section 571.091 of the Government Code to issue advisory opinions in regard to the following statutes: (1) Chapter 572, Government Code; (2) Chapter 302, Government Code; (3) Chapter 303, Government Code; (4) Chapter 305, Government Code; (5) Chapter 2004, Government Code; (6) Title 15, Election Code; (7) Chapter 159, Local Government Code; (8) Chapter 36, Penal Code; (9) Chapter 39, Penal Code; (10) Section 2152.064, Government Code; and (11) Section 2155.003, Government Code.

Questions on particular submissions should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, (512) 463-5800 or opinions@ethics.state.tx.us.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on April 27, 2022.

TRD-202201643

J.R. Johnson

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: April 25, 2022