Texas Fines Billionaire’s PAC For Illegal Campaign Contributions

AUSTIN (January 2, 2012)—The Texas Ethics Commission has issued a $6,450 fine to a political action committee of Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons stemming from nearly $65,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

The ruling came nearly a year after a watchdog group filed a complaint against WCS-Texas Solutions, a PAC created by Waste Control Specialists, which is owned by Simmons and runs a nuclear waste site in West Texas.

The PAC violated a state law that requires at least 10 donors before making political contributions.

Simmons, one of the nation's top Republican donors, solely funded the PAC when it gave money to 18 Republican and Democratic state lawmakers.

The ethics commission closed the complaint on Dec. 20.

Bill Lindquist, the PAC treasurer, has described the violation as a mistake.

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