Friday, August 17, 2018

TX State Representative Dennis Paul: Quid Pro DOH!

It sucks getting caught trading political favors for political favors.

According to Reform Austin:
Clear Lake area State Representative Dennis Paul (R – Houston) is in a bit of a pickle. On April 19, 2018, a concerned El Lago residents group in District 129 discovered that the state representative may have recommended a local mayor to a state commission in exchange for Paul’s engineering company receiving no-bid construction contracts with the city.
Quid Pro Quo is the act of granting a favor in return for something. Quid Pro DOH is being caught in the act of Quid Pro Quo. Reform Austin believes Paul might have this problem. One thing is for sure Reform Austin has read hundreds of pages of emails and City Council minutes. They might be on to something. The Mayor of El Lago, Mark Briggs did donate $2000 to Paul which, based upon his ability to raise money, is a very large donation. And he did give a no bid contract to Paul Engineering. The City Council eventually overturned that contract.

Paul has a strange way with money. His doesn't raise money very well. He only has about $37,000 Cash on Hand with a $150,000 loan from his Engineering firm. He has also accepted $5000 from James Dannebaum who owns another Engineering firm which was raided by the FBI in April of 2017 as part of a corruption probe. So could Paul have exchanged a seat on a Commission for a no bid contract? Maybe.

I have not been able to find out if Briggs was actually put on the Commission or even what Commission he was recommended for but it is clear Briggs gave a no bid contract to Paul and the City Council took it away.

In the words of trump: Let's see what happens.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mark Briggs was appointed to the Texas Commision on Environmental Quality, Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council, (from their website)

Term Expiration 8/31/2023:
Honorable Mark Briggs, El Lago
Mayor of City of El Lago
An elected official from a municipality with a population fewer than 25,000.

Based on a recommendation of Dennis Paul (as seen in the emails posted on concerned residents of el Lago PIA request).

Anonymous said...

Mark Briggs is the contracts manager at a big recycling company, he could profit handsomely from this appointment at the TCEQ.

http://www.bayareahouston.com/Assets/documents/press%20releases/hpp%20corp%20final.pdf

John Cobarruvias said...

OK. This is getting interesting.

Anonymous said...

See starting on Page 13 Paul's recommendation:

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/agendas/comm/backup/Agendas/2017/11-15-2017/0777RES.pdf

John P. said...

Wow, unbelievable. Turns out that Mayor Briggs resigned from El Lago after this news broke in April, guess he couldn't defend his actions - must be guilty. Has Paul made a statement? He can't deny the campaign contribution or the city contract, pretty bad right there and then add in the appointment... Time for these guys to quit using our hard earned money for their gain. Need new people in office, and an ethics referral for Briggs and Paul!

Anonymous said...

Briggs couldn't explain the inflated contract to Dennis Paul except that "papers were flying." See April 18, 2018 El Lago City Council Meeting minutes-- http://www.ellago-tx.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-3. Also, Dennis Paul was sent the same PIA as Briggs but only produced ONE email and it sure wasn't the damaging email. The person who sent the PIA got too busy to follow up with the AG's office because we know there are many emails between the two that were produced in the Mayor Briggs PIAs. Something fishy was going on for sure. The attempt to take over the volunteer fire department and then the WCID 50-- does it have to do with the little strip of land across from Boondoggles. Paul's attempted to force the Clear Lake Water Control District to provide water services to it. Hmmmmmm. Interesting indeed.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to add that I know of two people who have sent Paul email's directly questioning him on the Briggs' contract and so far they've gotten crickets. These are people who vote Republican and want answers to decide how they should vote. You can't be a good representative of the district if you can't even respond to citizen inquiries.

L M Chesnut said...

I live in the district and while I haven't tried to contact him, I notice he doesn't stay in contact with constituents. I am still somewhat naive about politics, but had wondered why he wanted to be a state representative.

The points made here may well be part of the picture.

I appreciate the info and comments. Thanks.



John Cobarruvias said...

He bought the seat in the primary. Still owes his company $150,000 in loans