Updated 07/15/2010 07:55 AM
Travis County DA investigating Green Party contributions
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The Texas Green Party has drawn its share of controversy over the political contributions it received for a petition drive to get its candidates on the statewide ballot in November.
Now, prosecutors with the Travis County District Attorney's Office have launched a preliminary investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing.
"The matter is under review, and investigators and attorneys from the Public Integrity Unit will gather additional information as that review progresses," the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
County officials would not say whether the probe was prompted by an outside complaint, but because Travis County is the seat for state government and home to Texas' political parties, local prosecutors are charged with investigating wrongdoing by state government and political officials.
The Texas Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit, currently pending, to find out who funneled large political contributions to the Green Party to help it get its candidates on the statewide ballot in November.
Those contributions to the Green Party have been linked to Republican operatives who have carried on a lengthy political relationship with Gov. Rick Perry and his campaign.
The motive for getting the Green Party on the ballot is to dilute voter support for Democratic candidates.
The Perry reelection campaign has denied any involvement with others to help the Green Party on the ballot.