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By Jay Root / 10-22-13
Mega-Donor Forms New Trial Lawyer Association
The state’s top Democratic donor, trial l
The state’s top Democratic donor, trial lawyer
Steve Mostyn,is spearheading anew group of like-minded attorneys who want to shake up politics
and thestoried Texas Trial Lawyers Association along with it.
Mostyn and two heavy-hitter trial lawyers, Amy Witherite of Dallas and KurtArnold of Houston, have formed a new group called the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers. The chief goal, says Mostyn, is getting more money into thehands of candidates friendly to their cause, with as little administrative bloat aspossible.
Mostyn said the group was created in part out of frustration that dues being paidto the Texas Trial Lawyers Association are financing way too much overhead
leaving far too little money for campaign spending. Like the TTLA, the new groupis a 501 C-6, a not-for-profit entity favored by trade groups, and it will have arelated political action committee for donating to campaigns.
According to Guidestar, which tracks the spending of nonprofit organizations,
TTLA’s longtime executive director, Tommy Townsend, was paid $1,061,880 in
2011. The report showed compensation for key employees accounted for nearly a
third of the group’s more than $6 million in receipts that year.“I’m not interested in being part of a country club,” Mostyn said. “I’m interestedin getting something done.”
TTLA President Brad Parker said he welcomed the creation of the group and
didn’t see it as a competitor.
“We’re going to work together,” Parker said. “We’re both trying to preserve thecivil justice system. That’s where all of our efforts and goals are.” Parker declined
to address the issue of administrative overhead or executive salaries at TTLA butsaid
Mostyn’s laser focus on political involvement represented a “valid model” for a