It’s sort of buried at the end of a long, deeply reported article on Texas AG Ken Paxton’s very compromised office, entitled, Dysfunction in Texas AG’s office as Paxton seeks third term, and it explains how documentary fabulist D’Vorce D’Spousa’s movie got any traction at all in America’s Lab for Bad Policy:
In May, the head of Paxton’s election integrity division invited his team to a movie theater for a screening of “2000 Mules,” the debunked film that falsely claims to prove the 2020 election was stolen.
“General Paxton will be present, among others, and I think they would love to have a good showing from our office,” assistant attorney general Jonathan White wrote in an email.
As senior lawyers have been leaving the attorney general’s office, newcomers who’ve stuck by Paxton have seen their careers and compensation skyrocket.
Aaron Reitz, who finished law school in 2017, was hired as an aide to Paxton’s top deputy at a salary of $135,000 in October 2020. The next month, after the deputy reported Paxton to the FBI and quit, Reitz was promoted to oversee agency legal strategy, a senior job making $205,000.
In June, Reitz’s assistant sent out invitations to a “2000 Mules viewing party,” complete with barbecue. More than 90 staff and interns were later told to bring their own lunch.
Well, that’s wingnut welfare of a whole different sort. Imagine you had to see D’Vorce D’Spousa’s propaganda to keep your job?