Media that empowers working people – that's how we build a More Perfect Union.

Don't Miss a Video!

Access our exclusive reporting and rapid response actions directly in your inbox, so you don’t miss a beat in the fight for working people nationwide.

Be a part of a community backing up independent journalism with action.

Ideas

Have a story to tell or idea to share?
Email [email protected]
© 2021 More Perfect Union Action

Together we can build power for working people.

We’re asking questions that really matter, and telling the stories of people who really need to be seen and heard.

You can support our work by donating today.

Amount

Make It Monthly

Don't Miss a Video!

Access our exclusive reporting and rapid response actions directly in your inbox, so you don’t miss a beat in the fight for working people nationwide.

Be a part of a community backing up independent journalism with action.

Rochelle Garza May Unseat Texas’s Corrupt Attorney General

Recent polling has Rochelle Garza trailing by only 2 points.

YouTube Thumbnail

Video edited by Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen

More than one and a half years after the deadly power grid failure that knocked out electricity for millions of Texans and resulted in 700 deaths, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton still has not held anyone accountable for the catastrophe. Meanwhile, Paxton has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions those same companies who caused the disaster. Rochelle Garza, the Democrat running against Paxton, is pledging to investigate Texas’ main power grid operator and hold those responsible for the outage accountable if elected in November. Below is a full transcript of the video.

[News Clip]: It’s easy to forget what happened back in February…

[News Clip]: February 2021, winter storm…

[News Clip]: Dangerously unprepared power grid buckled under the chill.

[Dad, filming TikTok of kids bundled up by fire]: We’re down to the last piece of wood. We need some help. 

Rochelle Garza: It was a really traumatic experience for a lot of Texans. People are angry and upset, when they think about what happened, and they think about it happening again. Because it is a looming thing for us. 

[News Clip]: The question is, has anything actually changed? 

[News Clip]: We’re told to leave it to market participants to solve, and they keep failing us.

Rochelle: Nothing has been done. Ken Paxton, who has the power of the attorney general’s office, has not held anyone accountable for the financial ruin that Texans have experienced. That is not something that I would allow to happen. 

Rochelle Garza is running to unseat Texas AG Ken Paxton. 

Rochelle: I’m Rochelle Garza, I’m your democratic nominee for attorney general. I am running against criminally indicted Ken Paxton. 

Rochelle: Our Republican leadership was really nowhere to be found during the crisis. 

Rochelle: Ken Paxton left the state of Texas, during a crisis, where Texans are dying and desperate for help from their government. 

[Gov. Greg Abbott, ABC ]: ERCOT stands for Electric Reliability Council of Texas. And they showed that they were not reliable. 

Rochelle: No one was held accountable for what happened with the power grid failure. ERCOT was not forced to weatherize the power grid. They should have weatherized it in the first place. They did not. 

Rochelle: The power companies that made money off  of this, that are now forcing that cost onto Texas consumers, they’re not being held accountable either. 

[News Clip]: The cost each and every one of us will be shelling out to clean up the 10.5 billion dollars worth of financial wreckage resulting from our government’s unforced error…

Robert Bryce: The punchline here is that ratepayers are gonna have to repay that sum, of course with interest, over the next 30 years. And it amounts to about $850 per residential customer in the state. 

Instead of holding power to account, Ken Paxton was busy abusing his power.

Rochelle: He’s under FBI investigation for bribery. He may lose his law license because he tried to overturn the 2020 election. And he’s been under criminal indictment, for more than 7 years, for specifically defrauding his clients. If that’s how he treats his clients as a lawyer, imagine how he treats Texans. 

Rochelle: No regular Texan would be able to get away with that. 83% of cases like his are resolved within one year. And he’s been able to avoid trial for 7. He’s corrupt.

Ken Paxton has deep ties to the companies responsible for the 2021 power disaster.

Paxton has received at least $272,615 from ERCOT member companies.

Rochelle: I’m accountable to the people of Texas, not to my donors, like Ken Paxton is. I wanna make sure that we’re protecting Texas consumers and have accountability for what happened with the power grid failure. Because we’re all feeling it in our pockets. 

Rochelle: There isn’t a single person that I’ve talked to that hasn’t seen an extreme electricity bill. Like more than 500 dollars. I wanna make sure I’m standing up for every single Texan. 

Rochelle: I am here to answer to all of you. Not like Ken Paxton, because we know he only answers to himself. 

Rochelle: He is dangerous for our state. I am within two points of unseating him. This is the closest statewide race the Democrats have in Texas. We have a real opportunity to win. And we’re gonna get it done. We’re gonna win in November. 

The Latest

YouTube Thumbnail
As Uber’s Profit Margins Grow, Workers Make Less and Less
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
Starbucks Tried to Crush Its Baristas. What Happened Next Will Shock You
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
The Shadow Group Working To Keep Wages Low
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
The Stat That Explains Why Politics Is So Broken
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
Corporations Are Privatizing Tap Water. You’re Paying the Price.
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
The IRS Created a Free Tax Filing System. TurboTax is Reeling.
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
This is the South’s Next Worker Uprising
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
Baltimore Port Workers Are Reeling. Will Anyone Listen?
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
We Found The Happiest Workers In America
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
What Billionaires Don’t Want You To Know About AI
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
Who Is Bankrolling RFK Jr.’s Campaign?
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
The Man Corporate America Is Most Afraid Of
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
What Dollar General Doesn’t Want You To Know
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
“I’m A Doctor: Corporate Greed Is Killing Your ER”
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
What Happened to Boeing?
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
Chicago’s Radical Solution to End Homelessness
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
In This Town, Only The Rich Get Water
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
The Evil Company Buying Subway (And The Rest Of Your Favorite Chains)
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
Ban Airbnb? This Town Found a Solution to the Housing Crisis
Read More
YouTube Thumbnail
I Work For the King of Beers. I’m Paid Like a Peasant
Read More