Friday, January 17, 2020

Raising Campaign Cash: Harris County Candidates

This is for Democratic candidates only. I'll add the republicans later.

The incumbent District Attorney has a significant advantage over her competitors with $385,908 COH compared to $23,431 combined from Jones, Cloud, and Overstreet.

Christian Menefee raised a significant amount of money....but $50,000 came from his own pocket.

Ed Gonzalez has a huge lead in this race. As does Michael Moore. Rodney Ellis has been sitting on a $3M war chest for some time now.

CANDIDATECOHRaisedSpentLoans
District Attorney
Kim Ogg (Inc)$385,908$106,572$83,276$68,489
Audia Jones$29,973$49,186$29,177$0
Carvana Cloud$16,889$33,881$17,382$0
Todd Overstreet$0$0$0$0
County Attorney
Vince Ryan (Inc)$101,039$33,655$18,779$0
Christian Menefee$128,547$135,579$41,249$50,000
Sheriff
Ed Gonzalez (inc)$317,264$95,636$47,317$0
Jerome Moore$12,698$28,595$15,896$0
Harry Zamora$0$4,500$18,177$0
Tax Assessor
Ann Bennett (Inc)$39,845$20,965$8,734$0
Jolanda Jones$16,320$16,320$1,250$0
Commissioner Pct 1
Rodney Ellis$3,881,740$122,631$396,998$0
Maria Jackson$19,353$110,230$71,241$8,000
Commissioner Pct 3
Diana MartinezNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Zaher EisaNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Erik HassonNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Michael Moore$199,052$209,391$13,248$0
Morris Overstreet$15,925$17,950$2,025$0
Kristi Thibaut$45,761$51,180$4,536$5,000

Raising Campaign Cash for Socialist candidates in the Democratic Party

I have written about the Real Justice PAC that is raising money (from one individual) to promote socialist candidates running in the Democratic Primary. From my previous post:

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.

The PAC is from California primarily funded by one individual. The latest report claims to have raised $54,759.15 but did not include the required information concerning who donated and their address. They also spent the exact same amount to two socialist candidates, Audia Jones running for District Attorney in Harris County and Jose Garza running for District Attorney in Travis County.

Garza has bragged about out raising his opponent on his last report. He raised $99,849 but that includes $29,489 from the PAC. Audia Jones received $20,076. Her reports have not yet posted on the Harris County website.

These are two candidates aligned with the Socialist Party running as Democrats in our primaries. This is a far left group based out of California trying to infiltrate our party. Can you imagine if one of these candidates won the primary and how the republicans would run against them?

Be prepared to hear the word "Socialist" over and over and over again. They should run in their own gdamn party.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Raising Campaign Cash: House District 28

There is a special election for House District 28 between Elizabeth Markowitz and Gary Gates. Here are the results of campaign funds per the Texas Ethics Commission:

CANDIDATECOHRaisedSpentLoans
Markowitz$118,308$244,460$240,034$0
Gates$59,934$24,906$323,355$1,526,100

Notice that Markowitz out raised Gates 10 to 1. Gates had to depend on his own pocket book putting in almost $500,000 in this last reporting period with a total of $1,526,100 spent to win this race. I've said this before:
Gary Gates is one of those guys who runs for office, over, and over, and over again. He is also very wealthy, wealthy like Texas Representative Money Mayes MiddletonKathaleen Wall, or Tony Buzbee. 
It hasn't worked for Gates in the past. In 2005 he began loaning himself money and spending from his own pocket in a race for State Senator District 18. He lost. In 2014 he ran again, this time loaning himself $1.7 Million. He lost. In 2016 be ran for Railroad Commissioner loaning himself about $4.5 Million. He lost. 
Gates is just another Tony Buzbee. Rich. Politically ignorant.

Why are you running? Brittanye Morris

This is a new "Why are you running" series for me.

Brittanye Morris is an attorney running for 333rd Judicial District Civil Court. She is a late challenger to Democrat Judge Daryl Moore. According to the Houston Bar Association Judge Moore is the highest ranked Judge in Harris County with an overall score of 69% (see below). He was elected to the bench in 2016 and as far as I can tell has performed well for the citizens of Harris County which brings me to the question for Brittanye Morris: Why are you running?


Every candidate challenging an incumbent should be prepared to answer the question, Why are your running?. It's a fair question and there just might be good reasons to force a member of your own party, in good standing, to spend resources to run. What has Judge Moore or any incumbent done to compel you to put your life on hold and run a campaign? Many candidates can't answer this question.

Besides answering the question Morris is not raising money, has no website, Facebook page, or anything that shows she is trying to win.

Would love to know why she is running. I have asked.

Raising Campaign Cash: Houston Elections Final

And here are the final numbers for the candidates who remembered to file their campaign finance reports. Leave it to Buzbee who campaigned on ending corruption to not file his reports by the due date. By the way, we still don't know what happened to him in 1980. Another note, Willie Davis has a serious math problem showing $139,068 left over.

I'll update as necessary.

CANDIDATECOHRaisedSpentLoans
MAYOR
Sylvester Turner (inc)$293,503$359,567$780,735$0
Tony Buzbee$10,000,000
Position 1
Mike Knox (inc)$4,302$6,900$29,075$0
Raj Salhotra$9,060$24,010$75,837$0
Position 2
David Robinson (inc)$40,735$11,625$82,515$0
Willie Davis$139,068$4,000$14,164$0
Position 3
Michael Kubosh (inc)$94,540$14,770$31,570$276,000
Janaeya Carmouche
Position 4
Anthony Dolcefino$0
Letitia Plummer$11,068$71,168$83,491$21,900
Position 5
Sallie Alcorn$16,374$21,535$76,313$0
Eric Dick$75,000

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Socialists running in the Democratic Primary

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is taking over for the LaRouche cult in infiltrating the Democratic Party. Unlike LaRouche DSA does not have much money and they are definitely less whacky but they are running candidates in the Democratic Primary.

Case in point, Audia Jones. Audia is running for Harris County District Attorney. She is a member of DSA. Her husband is also a DSA member and was elected to the bench in 2018. As with the other DSA candidates she is running as a "progressive", a very far left progressive. She is young and has some experience which is always good but we do not need to be coddling socialists in our party. Ever.

She is joined by another socialist, Sema Hernandez a long shot, inexperienced, candidate for United States Senate. And there are probably more. In fact the Texas Observer found 17 running in the 2018 elections with at least one winning right here in Houston.

DSA is the tea party of the left. They are the extreme. They are the unwanted lightning rod for the party. The word "socialist" scares the living crap out of independent voters. If DSA candidates want to run, run in your own party. Running a socialist in the Democratic Party is like passing gas in a crowded elevator.

It stinks.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Gary Gates another rich, Trump loving, Tony Buzbee

OMG. It's Tony Buzbee all over again only worse.

Gary Gates is running for House District 28. Just like Tony Buzbee he is self financing his campaign with over $1 Million as of Dec 31. Like Buzbee he is a Trump loving republican but unlike Buzbee he has some extra ugly baggage. From the Texas Tribune:

Forward Majority's spot is based on accusations that CPS staffers made against Gates and his wife, Melissa, after the agency removed the couple's 13 children — 11 adopted — from their Houston-area home in 2000, saying the kids were in "immediate danger." A few days later, a judge sent the children back home — but he was disturbed by the claims, the Houston Press reported at the time, and emphasized he was only seeking to determine whether the "emergency removal was appropriate, not whether these children have been abused."

13 children? Besides this latest tidbit, Gates is just one of many republicans buying their way into office. Money Mayes Middleton spent $2.5 Million to win a House seat in Galveston. Kathleen Wall spent $6 Million just to come in 3rd place. She is doing it again in CD22. Others include Angela Paxton, Patrick Fallon, Joan Huffman, Matthew Rinaldi (he quit), Don Huffines, and did I mention Tony Buzbee?

Raising Campaign Cash: Texas Senate

Reports are due Jan 15. Updates will follow.

Running for office is not a game. It's not funny. It's not cute. It's serious business. Lives literally depend upon who is elected to represent our State and it takes money. Lots of money. As an example, Beto O'Rourke raised $80 Million (that is and 8 followed by a 0) and still lost. Candidates who do not understand this and does not make the effort to raise the money necessary to get their message to the voters should consider doing something else.

Jack Daniel Foster. Raised $6,957 for the period ending Dec 31, 2019 which includes a loan of $6932 from his own pocket.

Jack should consider a new trade.

CandidateRaisedSpentLoansCOH
MJ Hegar
Amanda Edwards
Royce West
Cristina Ramirez
Chris Bell
Adrian Ocegueda
Jack Daniel Foster$6,957$5,604$6,932$1,353
Sema Hernandez
John Love
Victor Harris
Michael Cooper
Anne Garia
John Cornyn
Mark Yancey
John Castro
Virgil Beirschweale$3,139$263$1,915$5,405
Dwayne Stovall