WatchGuard Video, which provides patrol car cameras to police forces across the nation, points with pride to the lawmakers who helped the company grow from a tiny technology startup into a government contracting powerhouse. And at least two of the lawmakers turned a profit in the process – after Texas state police began ordering millions of dollars worth of equipment, reports the Associated Press. Two Texas legislators who made early investments in the company said they’d done nothing wrong and never pulled strings on behalf of WatchGuard. But their actions might violate the state constitution and financial disclosure rules.
The legislators are Reps. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) Byron Cook (R-Corsicana). The state constitution prohibits lawmakers from benefiting “directly or indirectly” from a state contract authorized by the Legislature they serve in. The company president, Robert Vanman, called WatchGuard “squeaky clean.” The company has deals to sell patrol car video systems to at least a dozen state law enforcement agencies and hundreds of local ones, according to company literature and state records.