Holy buckets Batman, it’s raining money in the Harris County pay-to-play slate system! Dr. Steve Hotze’s Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC (CRT) has blown the doors off of their prior endeavors on behalf of candidates that pay into the system. And Attorney General candidate Barry “the not so proven prosecutor” Smitherman has gone all in with the second largest ad buy in CRT’s history. CRT’s 30 day out report also includes the largest contribution in CRT’s history from George Ryan, a tax consultant and huge Rick Perry donor.
On the contribution side, we see this:
- George Ryan – 1/03/2014 – $200,000
- Friends of Barry Smitherman – 1/03/2014 – $100,000
- Norman Frede (Smitherman’s father-in-law) – 1/22/2014 – $5,000
- Norman Frede (Smitherman’s father-in-law) – 1/23/2014 – $7,500
On the expenditure side, we see who they paid with all that money:
- 3rd I, LLC, – 1/03/2014 – $457,693.74 for a mailer
Reading through the list of candidates supported, it is obvious that this is the statewide mailer we’ve heard rumors about as Hotze/Blakemore try to stretch their influence.
Convict contributes to CRT
Guess who else is on the contributor list? Convicted felon Jerry Eversole closed his Friends of Eversole account and gave the amount remaining in the account, $4,370.86 to the “conservatives”. I wonder what the “not so proven prosecutor” thinks about being supported by a convict?
Now the big question – how will the Harris County GOP PAC respond to this effort? We basically have Branch/Hegar in that group going against Smitherman/Hilderbran in this group, the rest are just along for the ride. During the 2014 election cycle, the CRT PAC has received $483,871 in contributions plus Dr. Hotze loaned the group another $200,000. The table below lists the 2014 contributors.
|Cook, Trey||$10,000||12/12/2013||Innova Electronics||Founder|
|Desroches, Rod||$20,000||1/17/2014||Desroches Roth LLP||Senior Partner|
|Feathercraft Land Company,||$10,000||1/23/2014|
|Frede, Norman||$5,000||1/22/2014||Norman Frede Chevrolet||Owner|
|Frede, Norman||$7,500||1/23/2014||Norman Frede Chevrolet||Owner|
|Friends of Barry Smitherman,||$100,000||1/03/2014|
|Friends of Jerry Eversole,||$4,371||1/15/2014|
|Friends of Paul Bettencourt,||$10,000||1/13/2014|
|Gary Elkins Campaign,||$5,000||1/14/2014|
|Head, Vim||$2,000||1/14/2014||Spars Surgical||President|
|Mike Schofield Campaign,||$5,000||1/15/2014|
|Norman Frede Chevrolet,||$15,000||1/23/2014|
|Ryan, George||$200,000||1/03/2014||Ryan Tax Services||CEO|
|Taylor, Hollis||$50,000||12/10/2013||Self||General Contractor|
Link Letter doing just fine, thank you
But don’t worry about my little buddy Terry Lowry and his Link Letter. Whoa boy, don’t worry at all. The little fella took in $353,715 in January to put out his slate.
|Sitton, Ryan||The Link Letter,||$50,000||1/16/2014||Print Advertising Placement|
|Texans for Dan Patrick,||The Link Letter,||$50,000||1/16/2014||Print Advertising Placement|
|Schofield, Michael||The Link Letter,||$5,000||1/16/2014||Print Advertising Placement|
|Friends of Paul Bettencourt,||The Link Letter,||$10,000||1/06/2014||Print Advertising Placement|
|Franklin, Alicia||The Link Letter,||$10,000||1/10/2014||Print ad|
|Woodfill, Jared R.||The What's Up Program,||$7,000||1/21/2014||Print ad|
|Paxton, W. Kenneth||The What's UP Program,||$50,000||1/17/2014||Campaign advertisment in campaign mailer|
|Friends of Barry Smitherman,||The What's Up Program,||$50,000||1/17/2014||Campaign Advertising Expense|
|Walker, Meca L.||The What's Up Program,||$10,000||1/06/2014||Full-Page Advertisement|
|Walker, Meca L.||The What's Up Program,||$2,100||1/06/2014||Radio Buy|
|Opiela, Eric C.||The What's Up Program,||$50,000||1/16/2014||Advertising|
|Paul, Dennis R.||The What's Up Program,||$10,000||1/14/2014||Advertisment in LINK Letter Voter Guide Edition|
|Woodfill, Jared R.||The What's Up Program,||$5,100||1/22/2014||Print ad|
|Flowers, Melanie W.||The What's Up Program,||$10,000||1/03/2014||Campaign Ads|
|Riddle, Deborah A.||The What's Up Radio Program,||$5,000||1/22/2014||Advertising in Publication|
|Miller, Sid||What's Up Radio,||$2,415||1/07/2014||Radio ads|
|Schmude, Harold John||What's UP Radio Program,||$2,100||1/07/2014||Radio Advertising - 60 Second Political Ad|
|Pratt, Denise V.||What's Up Radio Program,||$10,000||1/04/2014||Political Advertising|
|Schmude, Harold John||What's UP Radio Program,||$10,000||1/02/2014||Full Page Ad - Link Letter|
|Cain, Briscoe R.||Terry Lowry||$5,000||1/16/2014||Link Letter Advertisement|
No fun at all if you’re a little guy trying to win on issues. Oh well, all is fair in love, war, and pay-to-play politics! Tip: it ain’t gonna change until YOU decide to change it.
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