Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn today applauded Rep. Jim Dunnam's request for State Auditor John Keel to investigate four lobbying contracts, valued at more than $1 million and paid for with taxpayer money.
"I applaud Rep. Dunnam's call for an investigation into the obvious misuse and abuse of more than $1 million of taxpayer money," Strayhorn said. "For six years this governor has been rewarding his friends and supporters with taxpayer dollars in backroom deals.
"As the state's chief fiscal officer I am committed to making sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and in absolute accordance with the law. By any measure, using tax dollars to pay a private firm to lobby the federal government or members of Congress is a wholly inappropriate and unwise use of public money."