After documents were released pursuant to a open records request, it was revealed that the Texas Attorney General’s office had determined that Trump University was a scam worthy of pursuit under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. But now the Dallas Morning News reveals that a potential lawsuit against good ol’ Trump U was scuttled by none other than Our Poor Idiot Governor Greg Abbott. Did Abbott – who was not shy about suing the federal government when he was AG – stop action against Donald Trump? And did he get his reward in the form of campaign contributions from the self-proclaimed billionaire?
According to a DMN investigation, plans for the lawsuit and settlement negotiations had been carefully prepared; the AG’s office was ready to take action and was looking at damages of at least $5.4 million for the violations – at least until the plan was killed by Abbott.
John Owens, the former deputy chief of the AG’s consumer protection division smells something rotten in the decision to let Trump skate after fleecing Texas consumers for millions of dollars.
“It was swept under the rug, and the consumers were left with no one to go to bat for them,” according to Owens who also claimed that the decision to not sue Trump was clearly political. His consumer protection division routinely got approval to sue schools who offered bogus diplomas. The only difference in this case was Trump’s status as a political player.
And what was the payoff for Greg Abbott? A few years later, Trump donated $35,000 to Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign. Other sources are reporting that Florida AG Pam Bondi dropped her office’s investigation and refused to join in a lawsuit against Trump just days after receiving a $25,000 campaign contribution from Trump.
So now we know just about exactly how much Texas consumers can be bought and sold for. It’s a little more expensive than in Florida, but not much.