Lawsuit against Texas Association of Counties
Peggy Venable is Texas Director of Americans for Prosperity and has been a crusader against the use of tax dollars to lobby (often for more tax dollars). Venable is a taxpayer advocate who formerly worked in Washington, D.C., for the Reagan and Bush Administrations.
The petitioners cited Texas Local Government Code statute 89.002 which prohibits counties from paying dues to an organization that attempts to influence state government. The 277th Judicial District Court in Williamson ruled in 2007 that TAC had been operating outside the law.
The decision came down against the Texas Association of Counties in particular, but Venable has stated that she hopes the ruling is the start of a trend towards further skepticism regarding government sector lobbying.