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.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.
In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.
With the recently-released video that shows an alleged Battleground Texas volunteer making remarks about Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability, leaders within the group are telling organizers to be on the lookout for undercover members of Project Veritas, the group that released the video, and to not be baited into saying something they will regret.
But Battleground representatives say they will not be going to extremes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
A political expert in Texas says an undercover video of Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Greg Abbott’s disability will likely rally the base, but doesn't see it hurting anyone’s campaign.
Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the impact will depend how closely the media follows the video, which he described as a highly-edited unidentified group of people making fun of Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott’s disability.
Henson said the video is more about mobilization and less about persuasion.
Almost 200 Democratic party chairs from counties across Texas made their way to San Antonio over the weekend for training to "turn Texas blue," as the party continues its marketing push to get to voters it feels it can persuade.
State Democratic Executive Committee member Susan Bankston said county chairs learned more about online outreach through social media. She said the party can be more efficient by focusing on the voters that are fed up.
Texas has voted Republican in the last nine general elections, and hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since the 1990s. Between the Tea-Partiers and Governor Rick Perry, Democrats are feeling the squeeze.