The voting rights police are always looking for new ways to restrict political speech, and their next victim could be public interest law firms. That will now be put to the test in Texas, where the state ethics committee could decide Thursday whether a law firm can be banned from providing free legal aid to a candidate.
According to the Commission’s draft opinion, a public interest entity that offers free legal advice to a candidate would make an in-kind contribution to the campaign. The legal bill adds up quickly, so any company offering volunteer help would also risk changing their tax-exempt status and disclosing their donors.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-goes-after-pro-bono-legal-help-ethics-commission-lawyers-elections-aclu-11664402449 Texas Goes After Pro-Bono Legal Help