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Naked City (Dan Rather's daugher Robin a longtime Ronnie Earle supporter)
The Austin Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2000 | Amy Smith

Posted on 09/28/2005 2:57:14 PM PDT by DallasMike

Money to Burn

Naked City




October 20, 2000:

 

By the time the dust had settled in the 1996 district attorney's race, the candidates had spent a combined total of nearly half a million dollars on their campaigns, with incumbent Democrat Ronnie Earle shutting out Republican opponent Shane Phelps. This time around, the same candidates are devoting what little time they have left before the election to trying to raise enough cash to take to the airwaves. And it's that last-minute fundraising that sometimes makes all the difference.

For now, it's too soon to tell whether the D.A.'s race will mirror the high-dollar contest of four years ago. At any rate, Earle has the financial edge, with nearly $150,000 raised this year, through the end of September. Many of Earle's contributors -- made up of Austin's rich, powerful, and influential -- have made large-sum payments. Additionally, Earle had two fundraisers scheduled for October, one hosted by the mayor and another hosted by Asian business leaders.

Phelps had raised just under $100,000 during the same nine-month period. Interestingly enough, he had fared far better on the '96 fundraising tour, with nearly a third of his contributions -- more than $100,000 -- from the Associated Republicans of Texas PAC. ART is much more invested in legislative races this election year, and with much of its big money going into the House and Senate contests, Phelps has gotten only a $5,000 piece of the statewide PAC pie thus far.

Phelps struck gold on the home front, though, with a couple of local PACs coming through for their candidate. The Austin Republican Women's Club kicked in $5,000, and the Lake Travis Republican PAC gave about $4,500. Phelps also has two prominent anti-light rail individuals on his side, with Gerald Daugherty contributing about $1,500 and James Skaggs chipping in $5,000.

Earle's contributors' filings read like a "Who's Who" of Austin's elite in political, legal, and tech circles around town. The $5,000 donors include lobbyists such as Public Strategies' principal owner Jack Martin and tech honchos such as light rail backer and former Vignette chief Ross Garber. While lobbyist Neal "Buddy" Jones, co-owner of HillCo Partners, is perhaps better known of late for hosting a fundraiser for GOP Land Commissioner David Dewhurst, he's also a $1,000 contributor to Earle's campaign.

On the PAC beat, Earle has picked up a couple grand from the Texas Automobile Dealers Association and $1,250 from the AFL-CIO. As an interesting aside, one of Earle's Democratic opponents in 1996, Joe James Sawyer, wrote him a $500 check this year. Among Sawyer's clients is one of the three indicted suspects in the 1990 yogurt shop murder case. The first trial is scheduled to start in January.

 


Notable Contributors
Ronnie Earle

 

Tommy Jacks, former pres., Texas Trial Lawyers Assn., $5,000

Lee Walker and Jennifer Vickers, Capital Metro Board chair, $5,000

Ross Garber, former Vignette chief, $5,000

Jack Martin, Public Strategies owner, $5,000

Jan Lindelow, Tivoli Systems chief, $3,000

Robin Rather and David Murray, tech business owner and guitarist, $2,000

Roy Spence, GSD&M chief, $2,000

Dick Brown, developer lobbyist, $1,000

Shane Phelps

 

Doug Sandvig, Houston resident, $10,000

James Skaggs, anti-light rail leader, $5,000

Associated Republicans of Texas PAC, $5,000

Lake Travis Republican PAC, $4,500

J. Virgil Waggoner, Houston philanthropist and JVW Investments chief, $1,000

Karl Rove, chief strategist for Bush campaign, $500

Peter Flawn, UT president emeritus, $250



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: danrather; delay; robinrather; ronnieearle; tomdelay
Check out the name Robin Rather who donated the maximum amount of $2,000 to Ronnie Earle's 2000 campaign. Yep, she's the daughter of Gunga Dan Rather. Further, Robin Rather was a host at this 2000 Ronnie Earle fundraiser.

If you remember your Free Republic posts, you will note that Dan Rather did a hit piece on Tom Delay last March. Could Robin, through her dad' remaining influence at CBS, have influenced 60 Minutes to run a piece that made Tom Delay look bad and Ronnie Earle look good? After all, Dan Rather spoke at a Texas Democrat fundraiser sponsored by his daughter back in 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cute Puppy

Come visit my Stingray blog for conservative people of faith or I will eat the cute puppy for dinner tonight.

"Mmmm, come here, tasty puppy! That's a good doggie!"

1 posted on 09/28/2005 2:57:19 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

That woman puts the UGH in ugly!


2 posted on 09/28/2005 3:00:44 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: DallasMike
Correction. It was Lesley Stahl at 60 Minutes who did the hit piece on Tom Delay.

Unlike 60 Minutes, I correct myself when I'm wrong...

 Stingray: Conservative blog

3 posted on 09/28/2005 3:00:48 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

Good job finding this.


4 posted on 09/28/2005 3:05:49 PM PDT by Jemian (Don't be stuck on stupid.)
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To: DallasMike

Oh, my, this is toooooo funny! I posted a few minutes ago on the latest Dan Rather thread that I would be shocked if Rather's daughter WASN'T behind this indictment... especially since Rather is saying he wants CBS to allow him to go after the President, again, on the National Guard story.


5 posted on 09/28/2005 3:07:27 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: TravisBickle

I suppose this Earle fellow has an active investigation ongoing in the forged documents case.

For someone to attempt to bring down a sitting president in a time of war is akin to treason in my book.

No doubt we will find out from Earle who forged the documents on the same day O.J. announces he has found Nicole and Ron's killers.


6 posted on 09/28/2005 3:14:49 PM PDT by Kenny500c (On a final note, some inflation is very positive)
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To: DallasMike

This whole Earle thing is crap and I think the Dems know it. Delay has to hit back hard...like he has so far. Early in the game, perception is everything.


7 posted on 09/28/2005 3:17:51 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: DallasMike

Wow, she looks EXACTLY like her father. Bummer for her.


8 posted on 09/28/2005 3:19:19 PM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: DallasMike

Something tells me she's a, uh, "close friend" of Mary Mapes.


9 posted on 09/28/2005 3:37:18 PM PDT by clintonh8r (If you don't support the mission, you DON'T "support the troops"!!!)
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To: All

Found this link interesting

http://groups.google.com/group/talk.politics.misc/browse_thread/thread/2caf47ab3a8ab814/feeb543626fd1419?lnk=st&q=robin+rather&rnum=10&hl=en#feeb543626fd1419


10 posted on 09/28/2005 3:38:27 PM PDT by RavenLight
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To: TravisBickle

Daddy's DNA done her wrong...


11 posted on 09/28/2005 3:40:11 PM PDT by ez (What went wrong...Blanco kept the Red Cross out while Nagin kept the refugees in.)
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To: ez
Maybe we should compare her picture and Chelsea Clinton's!

Please post Web Hubbel picture!

12 posted on 09/28/2005 3:44:27 PM PDT by taildragger
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To: DallasMike
Good recap of the awful low spots in this low life's career.

http://www.texas-justice.com/earle.htm

13 posted on 09/28/2005 3:55:54 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: DallasMike
I've pointed this out before, but might as well do it again. I think Robin Rather and Tim Russert are either twins, or they're the same person. After all, have you ever seen them in the same room together?


14 posted on 09/28/2005 4:06:27 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: DallasMike
Come visit my Stingray blog for conservative people of faith or I will eat the cute puppy for dinner tonight.

Ok, I went and looked and bookmarked it for future reading. Is the puppy safe now?

15 posted on 09/28/2005 4:10:08 PM PDT by barker (If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence try ordering somebody else's dog around.)
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To: ncountylee

Thanks, that's very good. Ronnie Earle is known here in Texas a corrupt guy.


16 posted on 09/28/2005 4:17:28 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

If I were a woman born with the distinct misfortune of looking just like Dan Rather, I'd be an angry reactionary leftist too.


17 posted on 09/28/2005 4:19:21 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God for Cyborg.)
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To: barker
Is the puppy safe now?
I don't know -- I'm might hungry and he looks mighty tasty. If we don't have puppy my wife is going to cook possum fritters for the 3rd time this week.

18 posted on 09/28/2005 4:19:35 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

A conservative person of faith would not say that about a puppy, only a left of center secular person would.


19 posted on 09/28/2005 4:19:38 PM PDT by Burlem
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To: Burlem

While lounging on the back porch, the puppy was brought down from the sky on a sheet. I then heard a voice from heaven that said, "Take, and eat."


20 posted on 09/28/2005 4:21:57 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

2000 Event Sponsored By:

Mayor Kirk Watson
Hon. Ben Barnes
Lowell Lebermann
Robin Rather &
David Murray
Mithoff & Jacks, LLP
John Sharp
Melissa Jones Stevens

The Honorable(?) Ben Barnes was on with Dan Blather the same night as the fake Texas Air National Guard memos!


21 posted on 09/28/2005 4:38:22 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Liberals-beyond your expectations!)
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To: DallasMike
If they "did it", what would their kids look like?

+=

22 posted on 09/28/2005 7:13:25 PM PDT by weegee (The lesson from New Orleans? Smart Growth kills. You can't evacuate dense populations easily.)
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To: SwinneySwitch; Phsstpok
Per a post by Phsstpok (#25) back in March 2005:

"Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle" is part of the muscle arm of the old LBJ slime machine, the Travis County Democrat Party. That's the same little organization that faxed the forged memos to Dan Blather for his little 60 Minutes Wednesday hit piece on GWB and the TANG.
There are some links there as well.
23 posted on 09/29/2005 7:53:57 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: DallasMike
Here's the old FR thread on this:

CBS '60 Minutes' to Air Another Hit Piece on Tom Delay this Sunday

24 posted on 09/29/2005 7:58:18 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: DallasMike
Could Robin, through her dad' remaining influence at CBS, have influenced 60 Minutes to run a piece that made Tom Delay look bad and Ronnie Earle look good?

Do ticks bite?

25 posted on 09/29/2005 8:01:41 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Why does John McCain always look like a mule eating cockleburs?)
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