DALLAS – Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons’ political action committee illegally funneled $64,500 to 18 Texas lawmakers after passage of a bill allowing Simmons’ company to dump radioactive waste at a bond-funded site in West Texas, according to reports.

The Texas Ethics Commission last month levied a $6,450 civil penalty against WCS-Texas Solutions PAC for making $64,500 in unauthorized political contributions to 18 Texas lawmakers in late 2011. The civil action was initiated by a formal complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice in February 2012.

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