UT Regent-funded PAC targets House Speaker Straus

FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, Regent Wallace Hall, of Dallas, takes part in a University of Texas Regents meeting in Austin, Texas. Hall, who is facing a rare threat of impeachment won't testify as expected this week to a House committee investigating his actions, lawmakers said Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN (AP) — A conservative political action committee whose backers include a University of Texas regent facing possible impeachment wants to oust the current Republican leadership in the Texas House.

Accountability First launched last year as an obscure PAC crusading against local bond elections. But the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday that the group is now targeting House Speaker Joe Straus and his allies.

Among those bankrolling Accountability First is UT regent Wallace Hall, who has given $100,000. Hall faces possible impeachment over allegations that he abused his powers in an attempt to oust UT Austin President Bill Powers.

Conducting that investigation is one of Straus’ committees.

Accountability First Treasurer Tray Trainor says the group isn’t “particularly focused on being anti-Straus.” He says they want candidates with a conservative governing philosophy.

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