Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Loaning even more Campaign Cash: David Mayes Middleton

David Mayes Middleton won his election in 2018 for Texas House District 23 in the Galveston area. He raised $3.2 Million, with $2.4 Million coming from his own pocket. He won 56-43. His opponent raised $4000.

According to his last ethics report Middleton raised $137,000 including $125,000 of his own money, plus another $500,000 loan. He has a Cash On Hand balance of about $481,000. His loan to his own campaign was made after the election in November.

He has spent $2.3 Million on a race that should have cost about $500,000 if it was competitive. It wasn't. The Democrat on the ballot raised just $4000 and had no serious campaign. The $2.3 Million included $782,000 on salaries, $671,000 on consulting services,  and $698,141 on advertising.

His expenses for salaries included over 20 individuals with salaries ranging from $137,000 to $18,000. The $782,000 in salaries included the following:

Berry Communications $137,000
Willi Luthy $62,000
Michael Jenkins $56,000
Ryan Caruso $52,000
Eric Romero $50,000
Kyle Diamond $48,000
Josh Lyrock $43,000
John Maurer $40,000
Kara Rose $35,000
Trevor Harris $27,000
Tylene Wilcox $23,000
January Arnold $18,000

It makes little cents to have so many individuals on the payroll for a campaign like this. Add this to the huge amounts of advertising and consulting services and it looks like a money laundering operation. Why would anyone pay over $3 Million for a race that required a little more than putting your name on the ballot? It just doesn't make any cents. Gov Greg Abbott endorsed Middleton as well as Kathleen Wall who invested $6 Million of her own money to lose in the primary.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Justice Democrats' record of losing elections

Justice Democrats, a Bernie Sanders' socialist group is making waves about finding a candidate to run against Democrat Henry Cuellar. From the Texas Tribune:

Justice Democrats, a political committee founded after the 2016 election to reshape the Democratic Party through primary challenges, is working to recruit a challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a seven-term congressman from a strongly Democratic district who’s one of the few anti-abortion-rights voices in the party’s House conference.

Based upon their lack of success in the 2018 elections, Justice Democrats should be the last group to find a candidate to challenge Cuellar, if a challenge is warranted. Out of 80 candidates endorsed by JD, only 7 won. 2 were incumbents in deep blue districts. 1 was unopposed.  4 were all in very blue districts wiping out their general election opponents. It's not like they were endorsing in tough competitive states like Texas, although those they did lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.

Some of their candidates were capable of raising large amounts of money and still losing such as James Thomson who lost 59-40 after raising $1.4 Million. Here is a list of all 80 candidates, the results of their election and how much money they raised. It isn't pretty. 

NOTE: Some are listed with $0 raised. This is due to the data not being available on the FEC site.

Candidate Result Raised
Raúl Grijalva
Won  general 61-39 $700,000
Ro Khanna CA-17 Won  general 72-27 $2,700,000
Ayanna Pressley
Won  general unopposed $1,400,000
Rashida Tlaib MI-13 Won  general 84-11 $1,600,000
Ilhan Omar
Won  general 78-21 $100,000
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez NY-14 Won  general 78-13 $200,000
Won  general 83-17 $2,100,000
Mary Matiella
Lost  primary  $291,000
BriannaWestbrook AZ-08 Lost  primary 60-39 $42,000
Deedra Abboud
Lost  primary 79-20 $113,000
Audrey Denney CA-01 Lost  general 56-43 $1,200,000
Roza Calderon
Lost  primary   $97,000
Dotty Nygard CA-10 Lost  primary  $66,000
Bryan Caforio CA-25 Lost the primary  $1,200,000
Laura Oatman CA-48 Lost  primary  $244,000
Doug Applegate
Lost  primary  $100,000
Ammar Campa-Najjar CA-50 Lost  general 54-45 $400,000
Alison Hartson
Lost  primary  $400,000
Saira Rao CO-01 Lost  primary 68-31 $565,000
Stephany Rose
Spaulding CO-05
Lost  general 58-38  $366,000
Kerri Evelyn Harris DE-Senate Lost  primary 65-35 $69,000
Chardo Richardson
Lost  primary 87-13 $41,000
Sanjay Patel FL-07 Lost  general 60-40 $337,000
Pam Keith
Lost  primary 60-40 $558,000
Michael A.Hepburn FL-27 Lost  primary  $38,000
Lisa Ring
Lost  general 58-42 $222,000
Kaniela Ing HI-01 Lost  primary  $410,000
Courtney Rowe
Lost  primary  $16,000
Pete D'Alessandro IA-03 Lost  primary  $378,000
Marie Newman
Lost  primary 51-48 $1,500,000
Sameena Mustafa IL-05 Lost  primary 62-24 $134,000
Anthony Clark
Lost  primary 73-26 $91,000
David Gill IL-13 Lost  primary 45-13 $1,300,000
Dan Canon
Lost  primary 68-30  $455,000
Brent Welder KS-03 Lost  primary 37-33 $941,000
James Thompson
Lost  general 59-40 $1,400,000
Juana Matias MA-03 Lost  primary 21-15 $567,000
Roger Manno
Lost  primary  $442,000
Ben Jealous MD-Gov Lost
Matt Morgan
Lost  general 56-43 $1,300,000
Robert Davidson MI-02 Lost  gneral 55-43 $1,200,000
Benac Mi-06
Lost  primary 37-21 $90,000
Fayrouz Saad Lost  primary 27-19 $769,000
El-Sayed MI-Gov
Lost  primary 52-30 $0
Cori Bush MO-01 Lost  primary 56-39 $150,000
Schoolcraft MO-07
Lost  general 66-30 $55,000
John Heenan MT-AL Lost  primary 33-31 $1,100,000
Marshall NC-05
Lost  primary 54-45 $140,000
Kara Eastman NE-092 Lost  general 51-49 $0
Youngblood NJ-02
Lost  primary 57-18 $114,000
Peter Jacob NJ-07 Lost  primary 66-19 $141,000
Sedillo Lopez NM-01
Lost  primary 40-20 $100,000
Amy Vilela NV-04 Lost  primary 61-9 $198,000
Devito NY-11
Lost  primary 63-20 $48,000
Jeff Beals NY-19 Lost  primary 22-12 $378,000
Nelson NY-21
Lost  primary 55-9 $71,000
Ian Golden NY-23 Lost  primary 32-13 $177,000
Nixon NY-Gov
Lost  general 81-17 $0
John Russell OH-12 Lost  primary 40-16 $129,000
Edwards PA-07
Lost  primary 33-25 $451,000
Jess King PA-11 Lost  general 59-41 $1,900,000
Brown RI-Gov
Lost  primary 57-33 $0
Aaron Regunberg RI-LTGOV Lost  primary 51-48 $0
Darnell Jones TX-02
Lost  primary 52-22 $19,000
Lorie Burch TX-03 Lost  general 54-44 $317,000
Moser TX-07
Lost  primary 70-30 $1,300,000
Vanessa Adia TX-12 Lost  general 64-33 $208,000
Bell TX-14
Lost  general 59-39 $208,000
Derrick Crowe TX-21 Lost  primary 30-23 $179,000
Wilson TX-21
Lost  primary 58-42 $112,000
Rick Trevinon TX-23 Lost  primary 66-33 $56,000
Fagan TX-26
Lost  general 59-39 $176,000
Darlene McDonald UT-04 Eliminated
at the convention
Hallquist VT-Gov
Lost  general 55-40 $0
Dorothy Gasque WA-03 Lost  primary 42-5 $88,000
Smith WA-09
Lost  general 67-32 $0
Randy Bryce WI-01 Lost  general 54-42 $8,600,000
Jean Swearengin WV-Sn
Lost  primary 69-31 $219,000

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Protest against Trump's Shutdown in front of NASA

List of Tx Congressmen on the fence for Trump wall

Here is a list of all 36 members of the House and their support of Trump's wall. Some key notes:

  • 36 members from Texas 13 Democrats and 23 Republicans
  • All 13 Democrats are a NO.
  • 5 Republicans are a NO
  • 2 Republicans are wishy washy and will not commit




1 Louie Gohmert R Yes "We’ve got to stand firm on getting money for the wall. We have got to stand firm on that."
2 Dan Crenshaw R Yes We should not only build the wall but also ramp up tech-savvy ways to secure our border, like drones and sensors
3 John Taylor R Yes
4 John Ratcliffe R Yes "I was proud to vote for the passage of $5.7 billion to fund the wall along our Southern Border,"
5 Lance Gooden R Yes. "On today’s agenda: 1) drain the swamp and 2) FUND THE WALL!"
6 Ron Wright R Yes "I applaud President Trump's decision to send the National Guard to protect our border. Congress should support the president on this including fully funding the wall"
7 Lizzie Fletcher D No
8 Kevin Brady R Yes I voted to stand with President Trump in his call to fully fund the border wall
9 Al Green D No "“=Building what President Trump calls ‘a big, beautiful border wall’ is a ‘clear, simple, and wrong’ answer to a complex immigration problem. To be clear, every sovereign country has the right and duty to control its border. However, we should not create a false sense of security with a pseudo-panacean wall when the problem is much more complex."
10 Michael McCaul R Wishy Washy "You have to understand, too, that a 30-foot concrete wall is a very expensive proposition. And there are a lot of other things we can be doing technologywise to make it a smart border that's more effective and more cost efficient."
11 Mike Conaway R No. Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border.
12 Kay Granger R No She said Trump's call for a wall between the United States and Mexico would hurt our relationship with the country.  
13 Mac Thornberry R No A prominent Republican said Tuesday he does not want money allocated for the military to be used for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
14 Randy Weber R Wishy Washy Supports fences.
15 Vicente Gonzalez D No“I want to see a wire transfer from the federal government of Mexico to the United States Treasury for that wall,”
16 Veronica Escobar D No "We know walls don't work, that they don't stop drugs. That they don't stop migration,"
17 Bill Flores R No "No. We need border integrity. Border integrity is a physical barrier where a physical barrier makes sense, where it’s feasible to have one. The bulk of the Texas border doesn’t represent an area where a wall is feasible."
18 Sheila Jackson Lee D No
19 Jodey Arrington R Yes Whether it's a loser or not politically, this is the right thing to do.
20 Joaquin Castro D No
21 Chip Roy R Yes "Fully fund and build the border wall immediately."
22 Pete Olson R Yes. In a competitive district.
23 Will Hurd R No. Barely won in 2018, "Building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security. We need to allow the men and women in Border Patrol to adjust their tactics, techniques and procedures as they see fit. You can’t have a one-size-fits-all solution," he said in a statement to the Tribune. "What works in San Diego doesn’t necessarily work in Tucson, and you need something different in El Paso. In heavily populated places a wall can be a useful tool. It’s just one more tool in your toolkit used to solve this problem.”
24 Kenny Marchant R Yes "We need to fulfill the will of the people and most of the feedback I’ve received from my district is to vote to fund the wall."
25 Roger Williams R Yes U.S. Representative Roger Williams, District 25 (R-Austin), discusses why he believes increased funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border is necessary.
26 Michael Burgess R Yes "Trump's support for a border wall is refreshing."
27 Michael Cloud R Yes"Congress must fully fund the border wall"
28 Henry Cuellar D No "If you want to secure the border from letting drugs come in, a wall is not going to help because if you look at the latest DEA report, most of the drugs that come into the United States come through ports," 
29 Sylvia Garcia D No
30 Eddie Bernice Johnson D No “A border wall will not achieve the goal that President Trump seeks to accomplish and I disagree with its premise to keep all immigrants out of our country. Furthermore, building a 2,000 mile long wall along our southern border is not only a knee jerk reaction to our issues with immigration, it is fiscally irresponsible. 
31 John Carter R Yes“It’s time to build that wall," Carter said. "If you don’t want people from Austin, liberals like the folks who most of us moved up here to get away from, if you don’t want them running ... you gotta wake up with this election."
32 Colin Alred D No He says he supports border security, but characterizes the $5.7 billion Trump wants for the border wall as a waste of money.
33 Marc Veasey DNo
34 Filemon Vela Jr. D No. Told Trump to stick his wall up his ass.
35 Lloyd Doggett D No “For our Nation of immigrants, a wall rejects our very history. A wall is not about America leading the world, a wall is about trying to shut off the rest of the world.
36 Brian Babin R Yes. "I am proud of President Trump for drawing a line and insisting that we fulfill the promise we made to the American people in 2016 to build the wall" Won his re-election 73-27