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Mon Dec 30, 2013, 08:50 PM

 

Texas Republicans Lose 3 Major Donors In 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The deaths this year of three major Texas Republican donors, including a billionaire who died over the weekend, could signal a generational change for party kingmakers in the nation's largest GOP stronghold.

Harold Simmons, whose business interests ranged from energy to nuclear waste dumps, helped transform Texas from a Democrat-controlled state in the 1970s to a Republican stronghold by the turn of the century. Simmons' death Saturday came after Republicans lost home builder Bob Perry in April and businessman Leo Linbeck Jr. in June. For decades, all three helped bankroll political campaigns both in Texas and nationwide.

All three men were considered conservative renegades when they got involved in politics. However, as the state grew more conservative, they became part of the GOP mainstream.

The loss comes as Texas Republicans already were facing a turning point. Gov. Rick Perry, one of the donors' biggest recipients, isn't seeking re-election next year, and a new breed of GOP candidates such as tea party-backed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has emerged in the state.

"It leaves a huge question mark for Republican candidates and political organizations that have relied on major contributions from those two or three individuals for the last decade," said Matt Mackowiak, a prominent Republican political consultant. "Their generosity made a huge difference in a lot of races over a long period of time, but it was their potential to always contribute more that probably prevented a lot of races from ever taking place at all by scaring off potential competitors.

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Purveyor Dec 2013 OP
Xipe Totec Dec 2013 #1
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 08:53 PM

1. War, Famine, and Death?

All they've got left is Pestilence.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 10:21 PM

3. Pestilence's son is in the Senate.

Trying to shut down the gummint.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:46 PM

2. Perry's son is still funding Tea Party crap

Perry's son funded some tea party nut cases in a local school board election in my county http://www.juanitajean.com/2013/05/04/fun-with-the-perry-family-battleground-texas-starts-here/

At their last accounting to the Texas Ethics Commission, they had raised $27,200. Which sounds impressive until you realize that $20,000 of it came from one man. (Click the little one to get the big one.)



Ding, meet Dong. The bell going off in your head asks, “why would someone who lives in Tomball, Texas, care about a school board race in Rosenberg, Texas – at least 15 school districts away?” Perry Homes … hummm, I’ve heard of that.

Bob Perry died last month and by all reports is still trying to explain to Sweet Jesus about the whole Swift Boat Veterans for Truth thing, but his name lives on – as does his money and political philosophy.

This whole thing is nothing but a front for Perry Homes money and political philosophy.


The good guys won three out of four of the contested races and the winner in the other race has now rejected the support of the Perry backed PAC http://www.juanitajean.com/2013/05/10/oh-and-tomorrows-school-board-race-just-got-better/

It seems that one of their candidates, who has taken at least $2,500 from them, is now disavowing them. I can’t show you the whole story because you have to subscribe to read it online, but here’s a PDF of part of the story.

It’s a great story. Katheryn Kaminski, their candidate for District 1, has “disavowed” the PAC and Vannerson. Although she admits that she would not have been able to run without their money, she promises not to take any more money from them. It’s Friday. The election is tomorrow. Big heaping thanks.


The Perry and Simmons money has not gone away totally and I would not be surprised to see the heirs of these GOP contributors backing crazies in the future

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 11:02 PM

4. Boo Hoo

I won't lose any sleep at night.

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Mon Dec 30, 2013, 11:28 PM

5. So basically, the establishment Republicans have suffered the loss of some significant cash cows...

which might leave the field open for the more extremist teabaggers running against them. Such a scenario would benefit Democrats in a national milieu, but Texas is a state where the majority of the liberal-leaning population doesn't vote and where gerrymandering takes care of those of us who do. Very bad news. While there is some hope that Texas might go blue in national elections, internally, teabaggers will probably hold sway in the state lege, many other elected positions and school boards for decades.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:32 AM

6. r- donars still alive, take note-only thing your R buddies will miss, if you die, is your money :P

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 10:49 PM

7. I'm pretty sure the heirs will continue to donate to the GOP. nt

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