Hearing for lawsuit to STOP TxDOT’s illegal lobbying Monday!


Hearing for lawsuit to STOP TxDOT’s illegal lobbying Monday!

In Travis County District Court Monday, September 24, 2007, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) will have their petition heard before Judge Orlinda Naranjo for a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to immediately halt its illegal lobbying and taxpayer funded toll road campaign.

WHO: Texas taxpayers through TURF

WHAT: Lawsuit seeking Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Injunction to halt TxDOT’s taxpayer-funded illegal lobbying activities

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2007 @ 10 AM

WHERE: Travis County District Court before Judge Orlinda Naranjo, 1000 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78701
This lawsuit is brought pursuant to § 37, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. TxDOT’s expenditure of public funds for the Keep Texas Moving campaign is illegal, and an injunction prohibiting any further illegal expenditures in this regard.

TxDOT has violated § 556.004 of the Texas Government Code by directing the expenditure of public funds for political advocacy in support of toll roads and the Trans Texas Corridor, and have directly lobbied the United States Congress in favor of additional toll road programs as evidenced in its report, Forward Momentum.

On August 22, 2007, TURF filed a formal complaint with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle to investigate TxDOT’s illegal lobbying and asked him to prosecute TxDOT for criminal wrongdoing. See the formal complaint here http://texasturf.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=178&Itemid=26. The petition seeks immediate injunctive relief in a civil proceeding.

View petition and affidavits: