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Facebook Breach: Texas Dems Push For Investigation Of Cambridge Analytica

Marjorie Kamys Cotera
The Texas Tribune
Ken Paxton

The state’s Democrats are requesting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton investigate whether any ethics laws were violated when Cambridge Analytica harvested data from 50 million Facebook users for political gain.  

Texas Democrats want Paxton to investigate Cambridge Analytica because of the company's past ties to Republican Ted Cruz’s campaign.

Manny Garcia, the state Democratic party’s deputy executive director, said they asked the attorney general to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the matter.

"We see stories where organizations are exploiting information that is out there and figuring out how to harvest it and how to transfer it over to campaigns for political use, so it’s critical that we investigate what happened,” Garcia said.

Texas congressional leaders are also involved, urging the the attorney general to open an investigation into the company’s role into helping Texas Republicans win elections.

In a letter to the attorney general’s office, Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio wrote, “The Attorneys General for Massachusetts, Connecticut and  New York have opened their own investigations into Cambridge Analytica and we urge you to do the same.”

Digital experts have said Cambridge Analytica hasn’t broken any state digital privacy laws, but there is no confirmation of whether the company data transfers violated any federal or state campaign laws.


Matt Welch with the Paxton campaign called the Democrats' request a political stunt.  

Ryan Poppe can be reached at rpoppe@tpr.org or on Twitter @RyanPoppe1

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.