With his campaign in freefall following reports that he appears to have violated numerous securities laws and ethics laws, Ken Paxton skipped an appearance before voters for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, refusing an invitation to join Dan Branch at an event hosted by the Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club.

“When will Ken Paxton break his silence regarding these alleged securities laws violations?” Texans for Dan Branch campaign manager Enrique Marquez said. “We have now waited three days for Ken Paxton to decide how to answer a simple yes or no question – did he break the law?”

An investigation from Texas Tribune revealed that Paxton “was being paid to solicit clients for a North Texas financial services firm at a time when he was not registered with the State Securities Board” and that penalties for violating State Security Board regulations “can range from fines to felony prosecution.” (See “Paxton Campaign Reviewing Disclosure Lapses,” Texas Tribune, 4/21/14.”

On Monday, hours after an explosive investigation revealed that Ken Paxton appears to have violated both securities and ethics laws, Paxton cancelled a previously scheduled appearance at a forum hosted by the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party. When the moderator of the event informed the crowd that Paxton would no longer be appearing, the moderator said, “Obviously we learned today about some disclosures he did not make, which were required by the state. He’s working on that tonight.” (See “Paxton Cancels Appearance at Tea Party Event,” Texas Tribune, 4/21/14)

Dan Branch has called for Ken Paxton to come clean with voters or exit the race for Attorney General. 

“Texans deserve an Attorney General who will protect them, not prey upon them,” Branch said. “Texas voters must know whether someone seeking to be the state’s chief law enforcement official has violated criminal or civil laws.  If Ken Paxton won’t provide these answers, he should end his campaign for Attorney General.”


Information provided by Texans For Dan Branch.