Texas Politics
4:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Greg Abbott Refers Battleground Texas Investigation to Bexar County DA

While the Texas attorney general’s office has opted out of investigating the Democratic organizing group Battleground Texas, officials with the group called the allegations a partisan attack and said they fully comply with the law.

Attorney General Greg Abbott recused his office from a possible investigation that follows accusations and concern from elected officials like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The San Antonio office of Battleground Texas is accused of data harvesting -- allegedly keeping phone numbers from voter registration cards.

"There is all sorts of allegations in the videos -- I’m not going to get into the merits of all of this," said Battleground Texas’ Ellis Brachman. "We fully comply with the law. We are very comfortable with our legal standing and where things are. This is something we are going to address as it moves forward, it remains to be seen if anything will come of this."

Abbott asked the Bexar County district attorney to take over the investigation because of Wendy Davis’ connection to Battleground Texas -- Davis is Abbott's likely opponent in the general election. The investigation started with a complainant that surfaced from another undercover video put out by the radical blogger James O’Keefe and Project Veritas.

"The real story here is that Battleground volunteers are patriotically working to get more people involved in our process," Brachman said.

Brachman said the process has a complex set of rules governing it. He said in Texas those showing up to vote doesn’t represent the populace and that is what Battleground Texas is hoping to change.