Watchdog urges probe of Texas official's finances

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A campaign watchdog group in Texas is urging prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst over his failure to disclose his vast wealth.

Texans for Public Justice, an Austin liberal think tank, filed a complaint Wednesday with Travis County alleging that the Republican is apparently in violation of state law requiring politicians to disclose personal financial statements.

Dewhurst holds one of the most powerful jobs in state government and is said to be the richest man in Texas politics, but most of his wealth is contained in a trust whose major assets are not disclosed. Dewhurst has said he has followed the law.

Travis County Attorney David Escamilla said he couldn't comment until he'd seen the complaint.

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