Monday, January 24, 2022

Raising Campaign Cash: Greg Travis for State Representative

I don't like former Houston City Councilman Greg Travis. His comment towards women are just gross and unbecoming of an elected official but then again, he probably voted for trump. He is a douche.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission Travis only raised $83,050 with $50,000 coming from his own pocket, $10,000 from John Poindexter and $5,000 from Tony Buzbee. (LOL). $6000 came from various PACs including $2500 from the Houston Police Officers Union.

Of the $33,050 he actually raised, $11,050 came from donors who gave $250 to $25.

From Community Impact:

The reprimand stemmed from a Dec. 29 Facebook post shared by Travis that compared Obama in a slouched pose to first lady Melania Trump sitting up straight. Travis continued, in comments that have since been taken down, by questioning Obama’s intelligence and attributing her acceptance to Harvard University to affirmative action. He also attributed Clinton’s success to her husband’s presidency rather than her own qualifications and said Harris received her position by engaging in improper romantic relationships.

And....I was mentioned.

Another caller, John Cobarruvias, who labeled himself as a conservative from Clear Lake, [LOL. I am certainly more conservative than most republicans] criticized those who defended Travis, a conservative representing the west Houston area, despite his comments.

“Racists across this country have faced no consequence for their actions, and now one has popped up on City Council,” Cobarruvias said. “This is personal to me. Unfortunately we had an individual come into my yard and make racist comments toward my neighbor. ... This individual was empowered by the lack of action taken by those who had blown racist dog whistles in the past.”


Sunday, January 23, 2022

Raising Campaign Cash: Sid "The C*nt" Miller for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

 

Even Greg Abbott thinks referring to a woman as a "cunt" is reprehensible. From the Dallas Observer:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has endorsed Donald Trump, condemned the tweet in a release. "The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way," Abbott said.

Yeah right. Abbott endorsed a rotten human being who porked a porn star and mocked a disabled American. I am waiting to hear trump make fun of Abbott for running under a tree that was being cut down resulting in his own disability. Referring to anyone as a "cunt" is reprehensible but in the case of Sid Miller, it is well deserved.

According to the Texas Ethics Committee The Cunt raised $126,000, $116,000 from 28 donors who gave between $1000 and $10,000. He also loaned his campaign $200,000.

Sid Miller, like Trump is a rotten human being. Prior to 2016 anyone who used this slur towards a woman would have been run out of the state. Now it is a badge of honor for many Texans, including his donors.

Raising Campaign Cash: Eva Guzman for Texas Attorney General

Eva Guzman has served the business community well on the Texas Supreme Court and they are showing their appreciation by financing her campaign for Texas Attorney General. Wanna guess who she will be representing if she becomes AG? Anyone? Anyone?

According to the Texas Ethics Commission Texans (Businesses) for Eve Guzman raised $4,728,558 from 846 donors. 24 donors accounted for 70% of all donations for a total of $3,300,000. Common, everyday, hard working Texans who donated $50 or less accounted for $5400 or about .0011%. 678 donors gave between $1000 and $1 for a total of $181,353 or .038% of the total raised. 

76 donors of $10,000 or more accounted for 89% of all her donations totaling $4,207,000.

6 donors accounted for 60% of all donations totaling $2.800,000. Richard Weeley donated $600,000. Harlan Crow and Robert Rowling each donated $500,000. Texans for Lawsuit Reform (Companies against being held accountable) gave a total of $800,000.

Contributor NameAmount
Crow ,Harlan R.$250,000.00
Crow ,Harlan R.$250,000.00
Duncan ,Jan E.$250,000.00
Hassenflu ,Alan Alan$250,000.00
Rowling ,Robert B.$250,000.00
Rowling ,Robert B.$250,000.00
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC$250,000.00
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC$250,000.00
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC$100,000.00
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC$100,000.00
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC$100,000.00
Weekley ,Richard W.$250,000.00
Weekley ,Richard W.$250,000.00
$2,800,000.00

Friday, January 21, 2022

Hiding Campaign Cash: Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas

I wrote about Lee Merritt who is running for Texas Attorney General who raised over $183,000 in unitemized donations which in political terms is a shitload of cash donations. Who gave him cash donations that totaled over $183,000? We will never know.

But Ken Paxton has hidden over $2MILLION in unitemized, untraceable, donations! According to the Texas Ethics Commission Paxton raised a total of 2,769,969.34 with $2,117,755 in unitemized donations. That means just like Merritt we will never know where that infusion of cash came from. Did State Representative Money Mayes Middleton give out $50 in cash to 40,000 individuals who then gave it to Paxton? We will never know.

Of the $652,213 that he itemized $393,000 came from only 24 individuals including one donation of $100,000 by Michael Porter. 

Ken Paxton, shown here in his booking mugshot, is a crook. Just a Texas sized, rotten, crook.

Raising Campaign Cash: State Representative "Money" Mayes Middleton

State Representative Money Mayes Middleton is running for the Texas Senate. He has a bunch of suckers donating to his campaign.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission Money Mayes only raised $35,523 from a bunch of suckers including the Galveston County Tax Accessor, Cheryl Johnson who gave him $1000. A total of 101 gullible suckers gave Money Mayes anywhere from $5000 to $5.00. He doesn't need it.

Money Mayes reported a total of $1,685,523. $1,650,000 came from his own deep pockets. Money has own money to spend and has become the sugar daddy of the district. He will probably set up a fund to put another Qanon republican on the CCISD school board. His challengers for SD11 hasn't raised any money to speak of. Robert Mitchell President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership only raised $1000 and Bianca Gracia raised only $29,000 most coming from in-kind donations.

Mitchell represents the true conservatives of the Republican Party and would have been a reasonable Senator. Unfortunately Money Mayes will smother the shit out of him with his unlimited pockets.

Raising Campaign Cash: Louie Gohmert for Texas Attorney General

Louie Gohmert is one f*cked up individual. Louie Gohmert, the Qanon insurrectionist of the United States Congress, has a couple of really good Q friends include State Representative Money Mayes Middleton.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission Gohmert raised $1,003,891. 95% of his contributions came from 20 donors. 1/3 of his donations, $300,000 came from State Representative Money Mayes Middleton from Galveston, $250,000 From State Representative Matt Krause, $180,000 from RH Seale, and $100,000 from Save Texas Now (Lynn Lasher).

224 donors donated from $1.35 to $3000 for a total of $47,891. Without the deep pockets of Money Mayes and the others who donated more than 10,000, Louie only raised $88,691. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Raising Campaign Cash: Save Texas Now

From The Houston Chronicle
If you are wondering who paid for mailers for the HISD Qanon candidates, look no more.

Save Texas Now is a PAC with treasurer Angela M. Box living at 2626 Fountain View Dr. #451. Save Texas Now raised $128,832 mainly from one person, Lynn Lasher, CEO of Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce LLC. Lynn donated $100,000 and $$19,872.35. The remainder coming from a few donations.

Save Texas Now, or Lynn Lasher, paid $19,872.35 for a HISD runoff mailer. Save Texas Now, or Lynn, then donated $100,000 to Louie Gohmert for Texas Attorney General. Lynn seems like a wonderful MAGAt.




Raising Campaign Cash: State Representative Dennis Paul HD129

Dennis doesn't seem to be too smart when it comes to fundraising.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission he only raised $61,870. 60 donors provided $49,760 of this total with an average of $843 per donor. 109 donors provided just $11,730 donating between $18 and $350 for an average of $107 per donor.

For someone who can easily cruz to victory Paul seems to enjoy wasting his donors money. Of the $61,870 raised he spent $32,516 on ads, $12,780 on Overhead, and $6798 on fundraising expenses for a total of $52,094 leaving him a balance of $13,367 Cash On Hand with a looming $111,000 loan.

Lucky for him he has no serious challenger.

NOTE: Dennis is a suck up. He likes wearing his ill fitting NRA hat at the polls as if that will get him any more votes. Last year he took a trip to Washington DC and stayed at the Trump Hotel.

Suck up.

Raising Campaign Cash: Joe Jaworski for Attorney General

Joe Jaworski is the former Mayor of Galveston, Texas and is running for Texas Attorney General.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission Joe raised $453,184 during this last reporting period. 65% came from Texans. $466 of that were unitemized donations. He had a 4 donors of $10,000 or more for a total of $60,000. 

Joe has been campaigning since July 2020 and has raised $1,193,717 to date.

Raising Campaign Cash: Rochelle Garza for Attorney General

Rochelle began her quest for office by filing for Congress, raised some money, then switched to the Texas Attorney General race. She is a young civil rights attorney from Brownsville, Texas.

According to Texas Ethics Reports Rochelle raised $111,419. $35,225 came from her congressional campaign. Of that $12,666 was in the form of in-kind donations from Rochelle for Congress with $22,559 coming in the form of donations.

Not counting the $35,225 from her previous campaign, $57,694 came from Texas donors.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Raising Campaign Cash: Vidal Martinez for County Judge (Qanon republican)

 The Qanon Republican Party has their candidate.

Vidal Martinez is running for County Judge against Lina Hidalgo probably because they couldn't find a woman with the last name of Hidalgo to confuse voters. Martinez raised $514,585 with $100,000 coming from a personal loan. Of the remaining $414,585, 14 donors contributed $340,000 or 82% of all her donations. The remaining 18% donated $74585. Unlike other candidates Martinez relied on the deep pockets of every day, common, peasants donating $1000 or more. Her top 14 donors are:



Raising Campaign Cash: Lee Merritt for Texas Attorney General

Lot's of socialist money being poured into this campaign. 

The socialists of America has figured out a way to infiltrate the Democratic Party by running in deep, deep, deep, blue districts such as in Hays County (Austin). They pick and choose just a few candidates unlike what they did back in 2016 when they adopted the "Run Everywhere, Lose Everywhere" approach. From an early post:

Out of 80 candidates endorsed by , 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 that did, lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.

It looks like they have picked Lee Merritt to run in Texas for AG. Texas is far from being deep, deep, blue. It's a possible swing state if that. In his latest report Merritt raised a total of $404,615 which is pretty good for a primary. $185,333 are unitemized. More on that later.

Of the remaining 2146 donations of $219,281 that were itemized, only $70,085, 31%, were from Texans. $149,196, 69%, came from out of state donors. $60,751 came from donors from California. $22,298 came from Real Justice PAC a socialist Organization based out of California. Real Justice raised $25,880 with $21,445 coming from cash donations, which is hard to believe. I've written about Real Justice before:

According to the Texas Ethics Commission Real Justice PAC has raised $298,050 with $200,000 coming from one individual, Cari Tuna from San Fransisco. Only $10,200 came from Texans, and only $600 came from Harris County.

About that $185,333. Merritt listed unitemized contributions of $185,333. According to the Texas Ethics Commission all donations over $90 must be reported as well as all donations submitted electronically. So this $185,333 must be donations of $90 or less and in cash. That is a lot of cash.



Raising Campaign Cash: Republican Candidates running for Harris County Judge

Nine republicans have filed for Harris County Judge. Most have no idea of what they are doing and their fundraising reflects this. The republicans found a Latina named  Martinez to challenge Hidalgo probably because they couldn't find someone named Hidalgo to run in order to cause confusion.

Martinez deserves a post all by herself and that will come soon. It will be very interesting. Kibosh loaned himself $60,000, raised $15,000 which included a $10,000 donation from his own pocket. Martian Dixon seems to have some fundraising capability.




Lee Merritt for Texas Attorney General merits no further consideration

Lee Merritt is a prominent civil rights attorney who represented the family of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Ahmaud was killed by 3 individuals who decided to take the law into their own hands. They were found guilty of murder and will spend the rest of their lives in jail. Merritt has an excellent record on civil rights....but....

Merritt is running in the Democratic Primary for Texas Attorney General. The AG has, in the past, been the "people's lawyer" representing the interests of the State of Texas and it's citizens. Unfortunately Mr. Merritt is not authorized to practice law in the State of Texas and has had a complaint filed by the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Texas Supreme Court, Cause No. 417-00438-2018.

The complaint alleges Lee was practicing law in multiple cases, citing 6 specific cases as well as a number of others. The entire complaint can be read here. The complaints were eventually dropped with Lee signing a Final Consent Judgement listing 12 specific restrictions including not being able to advertise his services, or participating in discovery in Texas cases, and much more. The list is pretty specific. I would think it could be alleviated by Lee taking and passing the Bar. This Judgement was signed in Feb 2018 nearly 4 years ago. According to the complaint:

Although he applied to take the July 2015 Texas Bar Examination, Defendant did not do so and has not since sought admission to the State Bar of Texas.

It seems pretty clear he does not intend to take the Texas Bar Examination. It makes sense that the top lawyer of the State of Texas should be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Although Lee has a stellar record in civil rights he just doesn't merit any further consideration for the office of Texas Attorney General.

Read the complaint and judgement here.

Raising Campaign Cash: Judge George Risner for County Commissioner

Judge George Risner has drop his reelection plans to run against current County Commissioner Adrian Garcia in the Democratic primary. Based upon his lack of fundraising he might want to consider sitting this one out.

According to his financial report Risner raised only $2250, spent $1899, and has a balance of $51,550 which includes a personal loan of $51,550. The math doesn't add up but that is a minor problem. Prior to running for Commissioner Risner raised $90,975 for his judicial seat. He received $6906 in in-kind contributions. His cash on hand is illegible. I'm not sure if he can transfer these funds from a judicial account to a COH (Candidate/Office Holder?).

Commissioner Garcia raised almost $587,000 and has $2.1Million cash on hand. Garcia has been endorsed by the Gulf Coast AFLCIO and local Democratic clubs.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

More Dicks running for office as republicans

Eric Dick, the current Harris County Department of Education Trustee, is now running for Harris County Treasurer giving up his seat. His wife, Danielle Dick, is now running for his vacant seat. She has filed an Appointment for Treasurer for Joe Synoradzki the same treasurer Eric uses. Joe works at the Dick Lawfirm.

Danielle will probably use the same method of fundraising Dick has used, that is self financing. Dick over the last few elections has not raised much money depending upon his own personal funds to litter the city with Dick pics signs. Hopefully she will learn from her husband's mistakes and will not use deceptive mailers implying she is being endorsed by elected officials that will never endorsed her or Dick.

Do one likes a dick. Don't be a dick:

Dick has a preliminary hearing scheduled at the end of this month in front of the Texas Ethic Commission for his deceptive media content. As you might remember Dick paid for a mailer to the African American community during the 2019 City Council runoff. This mailer did not have the required "Political ad paid for by..." statement. It also looked like prominent Black elected officials such as former President Barack Obama, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and others were endorsing his run for Houston City Council. 






Monday, January 17, 2022

Another Harris County Republican lost his job due to racist comments

What the living f*ck has happened to the Harris County Republican Party? (you know the answer)

Another republican from the Harris County Republican Party has lost their job due to making racist comments. Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry, who was endorsed by the Harris County Republican Party, made racist comments at his first school board meeting. He has now lost his job with a software company out of California. Henry has since removed his campaign website and all his social media account. I would bet he will be resigning from Cy-Fair ISD soon.

Back in 2020 the newly elected chair of the Harris County Republican Party, Kieth Nielsen, made a racist post concerning a Martin Luther King quote. That racist quote cost him his position as the Planning Commissioner of Pasadena. He later resigned as chair.

Former City Councilman Greg Travis, another HCRP republican, also make racist comments. City Council couldn't remove him from his committee assignments because he had already resigned many months before. They also couldn't fire him and since he is self employed he wouldn't fire himself. Unfortunately his so called "conservative" buddies on City Council, Knox, Kubosh, and Martin said nothing, did nothing. They sat quietly while Travis eventually quit....to run for State Representative.

Good luck with the job hunt.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

And.....this is how to respond to racist comments by elected officials

Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry, who was endorsed by the Harris County Republican Party, made racist comments at his first school board meeting. He has now lost his job with a software company out of California. From KHOU:

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- The Cypress Fairbanks ISD trustee at the center of a viral video in which he linked Black teachers to poor school performance is out of a job, according to Splunk.

Splunk, which is an IT company, shared the news of Scott Henry no longer being an employee in response to a tag on Twitter.

Henry could have immediately issued a statement sincerely apologizing for his comments and he could have been spared but he had another problem. Turns out his social media account was chock full of divisive comments. He has since cancelled all of his accounts.

And he has since been cancelled from his job. 


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Trump SausageFest coming to Montgomery County Texas!

 


If you are wondering where all the racist republicans of Montgomery County will be, wonder no more! A SausageFest is coming! I bet Greg Abbott will be busy doing something other than attending. Maybe he will be kicking a puppy.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

When you tolerate racism in elected officials. Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry

Remember Houston City Council Member Greg Travis? He was the one that quit all of his committee assignments leaving the work to his colleagues. He then quit to run for State Representatives. He was also under fire for making racist comments with many asking him to resign. City Council eventually took no action and he is now running for higher office.

Cy-Fair ISD Trustee Scott Henry, who was endorsed by the Harris County Republican Party, is following in the footsteps of Greg Travis claiming that a more diverse teacher population leads to lower performance. "The more black folk the worse the grades are." Ok, he didnt say it in that way but from the Houston Chronicle:

"Do you know what the statewide percent is for Black teachers? 10 percent. Houston ISD, which I'll use to shine an example, you know what their average percentage of Black teachers is? 36 percent. I looked that up. You know what their dropout rate is? 4 percent. I don't want to be 4 percent. I don't want to be HISD. I want to be a shining example. I want to be the district standard. I want to be the premium place where people go to be."

Well he should of just said "The more black folk the worse the grades are." because that is what he said. Mayor Turner, County Judge Hidalgo and others have called for him to resign. And he should. This is an opportunity to make a huge statement to any closet racist.

And present them from ever running for office again.