January 18, 2017      5:57 PM
Judge appoints former Sen. Dan Shelley to oversee dissolving of American Phoenix Foundation
"The appointment of a receiver is an extraordinary remedy applied only because Joe Basel abused a nonprofit as if it were his personal play thing”
state district judge in Austin has taken the next step in dissolving the American
Phoenix Foundation – the group that “terrorized” members of the
Legislature last session by secretly, then not-so-secretly, filming
them at the Texas Capitol and elsewhere in Austin.
Sen. Dan Shelley has been appointed
as “receiver” to take over and dissolve the foundation, which has been
described by its founder Joe Basel as
readers may remember that Sen. Shelley served in both chambers and was Legislative
Liaison to the Legislature for both Governors George W. Bush and Rick
appointment of a receiver is an extraordinary remedy applied only because Joe
Basel abused a nonprofit as if it were his personal play thing," said Steve Bresnen, the veteran lobbyist who
filed suit to bring the finances of the Phoenix Foundation into the light.
By Scott Braddock