Texans are all too familiar with the outsized role money plays in politics these days. Political action committees (PACs), lobbyists and special interest groups dole out huge sums of campaign cash to get what they want from elected officials. Politicians rake in this money to further their careers, special interests get what they pay for, and too often the public ends up losing. After nearly a decade in office, State Representative Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) has become very skilled at playing the political money game.
According to the campaign finance reports from the Texas Ethics Commission, Anderson has taken tens of thousands of dollars from political action committees (PACs) special interest groups, lawyers and lobbyists.
These donors are financing Rep. Anderson’s campaign, and they are expecting their investment to pay off. They have not been disappointed.
Anderson voted against creating a committee to study problems with construction contracts, he voted to prohibit local governments from regulating new construction and voted against building energy efficiency performance standards.
Who does Rodney Anderson serve – his campaign contributors, or the people he’s supposed to represent?