Lehrmann, the Republican nominee for Place 3 on the Texas Supreme Court, reported receiving a $20,000 loan from Norma J. Talley of Fort Worth during the primary, according to the complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice.
Talley is reportedly Lehrmann’s mother-in-law.
TPJ says that loan violates the law barring judicial candidates from contributions of more than $5,000 from an individual donor. The law has an exception for immediate family (called the second degree of consanguinity) but in-laws don’t make the cut, according to TPJ.
We're waiting on a call back from Lehrmann but her campaign consultant, Susan Lilly, told the Associated Press that the loan was legal.
Lehrmann faces Demcorat Jim Sharp, a justice on Houston's 1st Court of Appeals, in November.
Sharp criticized Lehrmann for not following campaign finance laws.
“Those reporting requirements truly are onerous but I should think that one who sits on a family court bench in Texas should know the lines of consanguinity and that immediate family is not mother-in-law,” Sharp said.