CNN recently aired a show, Deep in the Pockets of Texas, which highlighted the unlimited money donated to republican causes by just two billionaires. I’m wondering if that money is coming to influence CCISD elections.
Misty Dawson, who is “Morally Minded and Not Politically Divided” and who lost the CCISD school board election and has sued her opponent has closed out her campaign account after filing her last campaign finance report in June. In July she amended the report to keep it open. Her report did not disclose any payments for legal services to Eric Opiela, her attorney. According to the Texas Ethics Commission no payment from any organization has been made to Opiela for these services. Even if Opiela is providing the services free of charge Dawson must record the fair market value as an “in-kind” donation. As of today she has not.So, who is paying for Dawson’s attorney? It could be a number of people including State Representative Money Mayes Middleton the oligarch of Galveston County, or the Texas Republican Party or Harris County Republican Party although neither have reported this expenditure on their latest reports. It could also be Kathleen Wall who spent $6 Million of her own money in a losing Congressional effort. It could be State Representative Little Baby Briscoe Cain.Or it could be Farris Wilks or Timothy Dunn the two billionaires in the CNN show. No matter who is paying for Dawson’s attorney it must eventually reported. My bet is on Wilks and Dunn.