Skip to comments.Naked City (Dan Rather's daugher Robin a longtime Ronnie Earle supporter)
Posted on 09/28/2005 2:57:14 PM PDT by DallasMike
Money to Burn
Naked CityBY AMY SMITH
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.
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.
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!"
That woman puts the UGH in ugly!
Unlike 60 Minutes, I correct myself when I'm wrong...
Good job finding this.
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.
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.
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.
Wow, she looks EXACTLY like her father. Bummer for her.
Something tells me she's a, uh, "close friend" of Mary Mapes.
Daddy's DNA done her wrong...
Please post Web Hubbel picture!
Ok, I went and looked and bookmarked it for future reading. Is the puppy safe now?
Thanks, that's very good. Ronnie Earle is known here in Texas a corrupt guy.
If I were a woman born with the distinct misfortune of looking just like Dan Rather, I'd be an angry reactionary leftist too.
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.
A conservative person of faith would not say that about a puppy, only a left of center secular person would.
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."
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