Which Interest Group Is the Most Powerful in Texas?
As of June of 2014, Texans for Lawsuit Reform is the most powerful interest group in Texas according to statesman.com. One of the reasons for the group’s powerful status is the amount of money it raises and spends on political campaign efforts.
Texans for Lawsuit Reform, also known as TLR, aims to bring tradition back to litigation in the court system. Comprised of all parties, the group was established in 1994 and is the state’s largest justice system reform organization. The wealthy donors that back the group enable it to continue engaging in continuous political activity outside of campaigns. The group’s power was obvious in the 2010 elections where more than 90 percent of the candidates sponsored by the group won and only 7 percent lost. The remaining less than 2 percent were not up for election that year.