Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guess who is funding the anti-Rick ads?

It's not a broad grassroots organization... it is basically one trial lawyer (link). Excerpt follows...

— Texas conservatives will forever hold a special place in their hearts for 2003. Republicans took control of the Legislature that year, cut state spending and restricted jury awards in lawsuits.

But 2003 made Steve Mostyn angry. The Houston trial lawyer looked at how the new regime approached state government and saw children losing state-funded health insurance, college tuition increasing and, yes, barriers at the courthouse.

"It burned a hole in me pretty deep," Mostyn said.

Mostyn has responded in the years since by giving money to Democratic candidates. And giving and giving. In the past couple of election cycles, Mostyn (pronounced MOSS-tin) and his wife, Amber Anderson Mostyn, have become perhaps the most important donors in the Texas Democratic Party.

Already this year, the couple and their law firm have contributed more than $2 million to candidates and political groups, mostly to Democrats. The Mostyns, both 39, have quickly joined a handful of Democratic donors, usually trial lawyers, who can step into a legislative race and match business interests on the Republican side dollar-for-dollar.

This year, for the first time, they are heavily engaged in the governor's race as well. Mostyn said he has put more than

$1 million into a new political action committee named Back to Basics , which has pestered Gov. Rick Perry with two television ads in the past month. The Mostyns gave more than $500,000 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White or the Democratic Governors Association, a national group helping White, and Anderson Mostyn will soon launch a group that she says will back candidates based on their support for public education.

Ambulance chaser...

What a waste of money...

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of wastes of money, how about this waste of *taxpayer* dollars by your hero, Rick Perry:

    $10,000 per month to rent a $1.85 million, 6,384 square foot mansion
    $18,000 for "consumables" such as household supplies and cleaning products
    $1,001.46 in window drapes from Neiman Marcus
    $1,000 "emergency repair" for an ice machine
    $700 clothes rack
    $70 for a two-year subscription to Food & Wine Magazine
    $8,400 for maintenance of heated pool


Hey now, campaign characters. Be nice. I know a lot of you on both sides, so I don't want any overly foul language, personal attacks on anyone other than the candidates themselves, or other party fouls. I will moderate the heck out of you if you start breaking the bounds of civility.