‘Dark money’ disclosure fight heading back to the Texas Legislature

A top House lawmaker who led the charge to require politically active nonprofits to reveal their donors, a lightning rod issue opposed by Gov. Greg Abbott, says he wants Texas voters to decide the issue at the ballot box.

State Rep. Byron Cook, a Republican from Corsicana who narrowly won re-election earlier this month, said he is planning to propose next legislative session an amendment to the state constitution on the issue of disclosing so-called "dark money" donors.

A proposal to prevent politically active nonprofits from shielding the identities of their donors ended up tanking a comprehensive ethics bill last year. The House added the disclosure requirement to the Legislature's biggest ethics measure of the session, but the amended proposal was rejected by Lt. Gov Dan Patrick and the Senate. Continue…