Skip to comments.A Different Kind of Political Contribution: South Texas Candidate Gets Deer [DNA] Donations
Posted on 03/01/2018 11:28:00 AM PST by nickcarraway
Many political candidates accept political gifts like food for events or legal advice for their campaigns, but one candidate from South Texas reported receiving thousands of dollars worth of different kind of gift deer semen.
Ana Lisa Garza, a district court judge in Starr County, reported accepting at least 40 semen straws, doses valued at $51,000. According to a report filed with the Texas Ethics Commission, several of the in-kind donations were made as part of a Feb. 10 auction event.
Although deer have been bred for over a century, interest has spiked in recent decades, in part due to interest in a buck named Patrick that was kept as a pet in the Midwest and grew large and unique antlers in the 1980s.
The practice has since grown into a budding industry in Texas. The deer, with their attractive racks, are now largely used for hunting, venison or further breeding.
In the filings, the straws are largely named after their sperm donors, including Mabo Thicket, Tack Hammer and Strike Force. Other names of the straws include Bambi Chewy.
The economic impact of the deer breeding industry is $349.4 million annually in the state, according to a 2017 study by Texas A&M University. Combined with hunting, the study valued the industrys economic impact at $1.6 billion annually, according to the report.
The Texas Deer Association did not respond to requests for comment.
Garza, a Democrat, did not respond to interview requests. She is running in the primary election against Rep. Ryan Guillen in the Texas House district that stretches south of San Antonio to the Rio Grande.
Guillen, who was first elected in 2002, is the only Democrat to win an A+ endorsement from the Texas State Rifle Association.
The winner will go onto the general election unopposed. Early voting ends Friday. The election is Tuesday.
That buck will be following you everywhere.
Good grief! They are breeding them? If these are white-tailed deer, no need to breed them; just cull the herds that infest so many suburban areas.
Apparently they bread them for specialized antlers.
That’s Texas for you.
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