Raising Late Campaign Cash: Alexandra MAGAt Mealer

February 3, 2023

Losing candidate Alexandra MAGAt Mealer filed a campaign finance report on 1/12/23 with donations from her usual supporters.

Mealer raised $356,684, spent $621,482, and has a Cash on Hand of $188,512. Of the $356,684 74% came from just 11 donors. Her biggest donors are the usual, Mattress MAGAt Mac gave $72,000, Fertita Tillman gave $25,000, Robert Marling gave $50,000 as did Ira Mitzner.

Since my last report on 11/19 many of these individuals gave last day donations including another $72,000 by Mac, and $50,000 by Marling. In all, Mealer spent nearly $10 million in her losing effort for Harris County Judge. She has enough for a down payment on her legal fees to cover her frivolous election denying lawsuit. Here is the list of the top donors from her 1/12/23 report.

NameAmount
MAGAt Mattress Mac$72,000
Robert Marling$50,000
Ira Mitzner$50,000
Fertita Tillman$25,000
Carlos Deaidecoa$10,000
Jamie Frain$10,000
Executive Catering$10,000
Murray Bowden$10,000
Jack Modesett$10,000
David Modesett$10,000
Wayne Gross$10,000
$267,000

Unpaid fines issued by theTexas Ethics Commission

February 1, 2023

The vast majority of sanctions issued by the Texas Ethics Commission end in a small fine, a slap on the wrist, and a promise from the candidate not to do it again. Rarely does the TEC issue a substantial fine. Rarely. Not never. Occasionally they give the candidate a specific amount of time to pay the fine before sending the sanction to the Texas Attorney General for collections.

In 2022 the TEC issued 46 Final Orders of these only 5 have not paid the fine. Eric Dick was fined $30,000 along with a $6000 fine against Philip Bryant who was in cahoots with Dick. Doni Anthony was a candidate for Mayor and was found to have converted campaign funds to personal use by paying herself a salary. She has not paid the fine as of the latest records from TEC.

I’ve asked for a list of sanctions referred to the Attorney General for collection. More on that later.

Outstanding sworn complaint fines issued in 2021
SC#RespondentAmount unpaid
SC-31912186Eric Dick$30,000 
SC-31912187Philip Bryant$6,000 
SC-32009187, 32010205, 32011255, 32101103Matthew D. Wiggins$1,000 
SC-3210482Glen Johnson$2,500 
SC-3210491Doni Anthony$7,500 

Who is Aubrey Taylor Communications and why are Democrats donating to his publication?

February 1, 2023

Steven Hotze. The “Man of the Year”? Really?

Aubrey Taylor Communications has an address in Clear Lake off of NASA Rd 1. It seems to be a UPS store, a PO Box. I’ve never seen a hard copy of his publication. It seems more of a blog on Blogger without a URL like HoustonBusinessConnections.com which he claims to be associated with.

ATC claims to be:

“Houston Business Connections Newspaper© is a non-partisan politically focused news source that’s published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications for the sole purpose of informing, empowering and imploring our readership to elect the “BEST” duly-qualified people to public office who value, respect, and appreciate our support!”

This non partisan news source that has made Steve Hotze the “Man of the Year”. Steven Hotze is the same guy who has been indicted for his role in a former cop holding a gun to an AC repairman because he thought he was carrying fraudulent mail in ballots in his truck. Hotze has been charged with one count of unlawful restraint and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has since been sued by the AC repairman. You can read about this bizarre case at the Texas Tribune.

Hotze is a well known anti-gay community, “Christian”. He has led the effort to end the non discrimination ordinance in Houston and has opposed the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.

Hotze recently held an Election Denying SausageFest, with My Pillow Guy, and other election denying conspiracy theorists. He has a PAC called Conservative Republicans of Texas.

The bottom line is that Aubrey Taylor is nothing close to being non partisan. No one can label Steven Hotze “Man of the Year” and claim to be non partisan. With this in mind why in the hell are Democrats donating to his publication/blog? Taylor puts out endorsements including for George Risner who was trapped by Commissioner Adrian Garcia and other republican candidates that shouldn’t run for any office. He has endorsed Democrats, some who have donated to his publication, others who probably didn’t ask for it.

Democrats shouldn’t be anyway near Aubrey Taylor Communications or Houston Business Connections News and they shouldn’t be giving this organization money.


Before you run for Houston City Council

January 30, 2023

The filing period to appear on the ballot for the City of Houston November election runs from July 22 – August 21.

Before you file to run for Mayor, City Council, or Controller do yourself, your family, and your friends a favor by investigating the office before running for the office. Here are a few tips and questions you might want to consider before signing up. I am sure a political consultant might want to add a few other tips to this list. 

Follow the law. Running for office requires you to follow the laws of the State governing elections such as filing timely financial reports disclosing donations and expenditures. Visit the Texas Ethics Commission website BEFORE you run, not after a complaint has been filed. A complaint could be very costly to you and your treasurer. Also visit the Campaign Finance webpage for the City of Houston at http://www.houstontx.gov/campaignfinance/

It’s not a game. Running for office is not a game. There is nothing cute about running. It is very, very, tough work for the candidate and your volunteers. The position has a direct impact on people’s lives whether it is timely trash collection, providing a safe neighborhood with our police and our fire fighters, or protecting our country from foreign and domestic threats. Don’t cheapen the office by running just for the sake of running and distracting from those who have a clear understanding of what they are doing and are qualified to run.

It will cost money. Lots of money. A run for a City Council at Large seat could cost a couple hundred thousand dollars. This will include money to run a successful campaign to target the needed number of voters to win. If you do not intend to raise the necessary amount of money needed, then do not run, Do the math before you sign. Understand what the campaign will need and how much this will cost and whether you can raise that amount. It’s not just about buying a boat load of signs.

What qualifications do you bring to the table? Our government allows anyone to put their name on the ballot but some shouldn’t. Ask yourself if you understand the position you are running for. Do you have qualifications or personal experience that would apply to this position? Do you understand the process used to pass legislation, and do you know the players behind the scenes? Have you been involved in your community that you want to represent?

How many votes do you need to win? This is a hard question and is never an exact science but you can determine, with analysis of the past elections, an idea of the number of votes needed to push you over the top. This number will drive your campaign strategy and fundraising efforts. If you can’t answer this question then you really shouldn’t run.

How much money will it take to win? The number of votes you need to win will drive your fundraising efforts. As said above, running for office is not a game and it costs money. You will be on the phone for hours a day raising campaign cash in order to achieve that winning number.

Who is your financial base? Who will you be depending upon to achieve your financial goals in order to achieve that winning number of votes?

Who is your volunteer base? Who will be there to make phone calls for you or block walk in the hot sun? Do you have a base of supporters or do you intend to file and expect your political clubs to drop what they are doing and support you? A campaign will strain your relationships with family and friends. It’s a grueling undertaking requiring a considerable amount of dedication and support. You should have buy in from your family and those you expect to support you before you sign up.

Good luck and thank you for running or deciding not to.


Austin Catholic Diocese responds to Greg Abbott’s immigration bussing stunt

January 2, 2023

Praise the lord.


Raising Campaign Cash: Conservatives for Law Enforcement & Border Security

January 2, 2023

Doing the work of Donald Trump.

State Senator “Money” Mayes Middleton is a wealthy republican spending his own money to win elections. His most recent is the Senate seat in Senate District 11 which covers Harris, Brazoria and Galveston County. From a previous post:

Money Mayes reported a total of $1,685,523. $1,650,000 came from his own deep pockets. Money has own money to spend and has become the sugar daddy of the district. He will probably set up a fund to put another Qanon republican on the CCISD school board. His challengers for SD11 hasn’t raised any money to speak of. Robert Mitchell President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership only raised $1000 and Bianca Gracia raised only $29,000 most coming from in-kind donations.

Money Mayes spend about $2.5 Million to win a House seat in Galveston county which should have cost no more than $400,000 if it was competitive. It wasn’t. He could have simply put his name on the ballot and won easily. Now he is spreading his wealth to other white wing organizations such as the Conservatives for Law Enforcement & Border Security. This PAC raised $629,000 with $500,000 coming from Money Mayes. Other donations came from the following:

Report TypeContributor NameAmount
RUNOFFAsbury ,Debbie20,000.00
RUNOFFMiddleton ,David200,000.00
E08DAYBEFMiddleton ,Mayes50,000.00
E08DAYBEFMiddleton ,Mayes250,000.00
E08DAYBEFMcNeill Mineral Management LLC7,000.00
SEMIJULEllen Troxclair for Texas House58,000.00
SEMIJULBryan Hughes Campaign24,000.00
RUNOFFPublic Blueprint, LLC5,000.00
RUNOFFWayne Christian for Texas15,000.00
629,000.00

Spending Campaign Cash: George Santos (or whoever he is)

January 2, 2023

George Santos won a congressional seat in New York. George is a liar. A trump style, big, fat, fuckin, liar. He is a perfect Republican representing his republican district very well. Republicans are just liars or have no problem with those who do lie.

Not only is his many lies concerning his background, religion, work experience, and much more is under scrutiny, his campaign finance is also under review by the Federal Government. Downloading his expenses for his run for Congress shows some interesting expenditures:

  • Over two years Santos spent about $2 Million
  • $13,400 was spent on Uber
  • $7399 was spent in increments of $199.99 just a penny short of having to have receipts. This included payments to Uber, Airfare, Office Supplies, hotels and others.
  • $26,000 for legal services. (More probably will be needed)
  • $40,000 on airfare
  • $29,000 on hotels
  • $5600 on gasoline
  • $176,000 on fundraising expenses
  • $28,000 on food and beverages
  • $10,900 for apartment rental paid to Cleaner 123

On the surface this doesn’t look unusual except for the $199.99 expenditures. I am sure the Feds will be looking for receipts which will require more money for legal services.


Now the GOP is against lying? Representative Elect George Santos.

December 28, 2022

After 6 years of supporting Donald Trump as he lied on a daily basis the Republican Party is now shocked that one of their candidates for Congress lied about his heritage, his education, his job, and his entire life. Shocked my ass. None of them are calling for Representative Elect George Santos to resign.

Santos pulled a Trump on the congressional district in New York. He lied about being Jewish, about working for Goldman Sachs, and about graduating from college and it worked. He flipped a blue district in New York. Even Fox News was outraged, but not enough for them to call for his resignation. In fact no Republican has called for his resignation. None. Zero. Zip.

Republicans hate to admit it but they are nothing but a pack of liars. George Santos is a liar. He represents the party very well alongside of Donald Trump. The Republican Party has no bottom to morals, hypocrisy, cruelty, honor, or integrity. These are just words to run on. How can anyone ever trust an elected official when they lied straight to your face on multiple fronts?

For republicans it is easy. It’s what they do. They live on the lie. They support liars. They win on lies. Today they continue the Big Lie about losing elections. And they continue to support the biggest liar in American history, Donald Trump.

Now they have another liar to admire. Welcome to the party Congressman Elect Santos.


How to fix the Republican Party Part VI: Dump Trump

December 13, 2022

The Republican Party is full of crap.

The best thing that can happen to the Republican Party is for the Department of Justice to file charges against Trump for mishandling the secret documents and/or his role in the Jan 6 insurrection. This would give cover to many of the spineless leaders in the party and would allow them to dump trump without much effort.

The party needs to get rid of this pile of shit stuck in their bowls. He isn’t going to be president again. He isn’t going to be reinstated. He isn’t going to win the republican nomination. People are tired of him. He is a rotten excuse for a human being. At first trump was fun. He was different. He “tells it like it is” but it’s getting old and it’s losing the party elections. He has to be expelled. Now.

Unfortunately for the members of the Republican Party stepping in a pile of crap and spreading it in house, your car, and your neighbors house is not easy to get rid of. The stink will last for a long time and your neighbors will not forget it. It may take a few election cycles to rid yourself of this MAGAt and the MAGAts that followed. It will not be easy and it may hurt, but it needs to be done.

So do yourself a favor. Take a seat. Take your time. Take a dump.


How to fix the Republican Party Part III: Stop being a racist party

December 6, 2022

It’s 2022 and yet we still have to remind republicans that racism is bad. It’s real bad.

Back in 2008 after the election of President Obama the Republican Party spent millions to reach out for new voters. They found them waving the confederate flag, carrying guns, and hiding under their hoods of racism. These people have now taken over the Republican Party with real conservatives just hanging on for the ride afraid to speak out against racism of any shape or form.

Racism in the Republican Party has explode across the country. Elected officials and leaders of various state and county parties have made racist comments followed by resignations but conservatives refuse to denounce them. As an example Houston City Councilman Greg Travis made a racist comment about Michelle Obama. The community demanded his resignation while the other “conservatives” on City Council sat in silence. The chair of the Harris County Republican Party posted a racist meme which ended his 6 figure job with Pasadena and resulted in his resignation all while most republicans were silent.

Here is a bit of advice for the Republican Party. Racism is not a conservative value. When anyone associated with your party says something that is racially charged party members should immediately and strongly condemn their actions, demand an apology, and then remove them from any committee assignments if applicable. The action must be swift and severe in order to set an example for others who think saying something racist is funny.

What you don’t do is stay silent. It makes you look like a fuckin racist.


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