As Oil Prices Fell, Texas Campaign Donations Followed (The Texas Tribune)

Photo Courtesy of The Texas Tribune

Photo Courtesy of The Texas Tribune

By Abby Livingston and and Jim Malewitz
As a political newcomer, Ron Hale struggled to stand out this year in a crowded race to join the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas. Perhaps a billboard, radio spot or other expensive advertising may have helped.

But in the lead up to the Republican primary, Hale, who runs a private security firm, did the unthinkable: He says he told a handful of folks who run mom-and-pop petroleum companies to keep the small donations they offered his campaign.

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