Monday the Texas Ethics Commission fined Empower Texans President and CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan $10,000, the maximum amount permitted by Texas law, for failing to register as a lobbyist in 2010 and 2011.
Last month Sullivan refused to testify before an Ethics Commission hearing.
Appearing on NBC 5’s Lone Star Politics Sunday, Sullivan defended remaining silent and promised he would testify in court in front of “a real judge.”
NBC 5 has reached out to Sullivan for a response. On Monday afternoon, he posted the following message on Twitter.
TEC ruling in a nutshell: they want Texans to have a license to speak to lawmakers. Their ruling is meaningless; we will appeal 'de novo.'
— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) July 21, 2014
The orders can be found below: