The THSC lawsuit says the Ethics Commission reinterpreted state law in the last year or so. Under the new interpretation THSC is treated like a political action committee even though only 9 percent of its expenditures would be considered political in nature.
The lawsuit says, “THSC formally endorsed candidates for state office whom it believes to be committed to defending homeschooling and parental rights.”
The lawsuit says THSC is now required to hire campaign-finance advisors, accountants, and attorneys, at substantial expense just to engage in First Amendment free speech. The lawsuit also says THSC must treat its member fees as political donations – none of which is required by Texas law but is required under the Ethics Commission’s bad interpretation of the law.
Powell did not comment except to say he had not seen the lawsuit. The executive director of the Ethics Commission had also not yet seen the lawsuit and beyond that she chose not to comment.