El Paso Times: Report: Texas AG Greg Abbott received more from payday lenders than previously stated

February 4, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott received 60 percent more in contributions from the payday lending industry last year than an earlier analysis said he did.

Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, received $88,000 over the six-month period that ended Dec. 31, according to an analysis published Monday by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice. A preliminary analysis of campaign-finance reports that were released Jan. 15 put Abbott’s payday contributions in the second half of 2013 at $55,000.

“We did a more in-depth analysis and found more donors who were connected with the industry,” said Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice.

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