Sunday, March 05, 2006

Hagar the Horrible? -- Trans-Texas Corridor backers give $500,000 to defeat David Stall in the Republican primary

Highway and land developer lobby rushes to assist Hegar in Senate race

Since January Senate candidate Glenn Hegar has received a surge of campaign contributions from highway contractors, highway engineers, railroads, land developers, home builders, and even a well known water marketer.

Between January 1, 2006 and February 25, 2006 the Hegar campaign has received a windfall of contributions totaling $504,042.38. That’s a lot of money.

These names and organizations in particular are worth your attention:

  • Union Pacific Corp Fund for Effective Govt, Washington, DC $5,000
  • James Pitcock, Houston (Chairman of TxDOT contractor Williams Brothers Construction) $2,500
  • Robert Lanham (VP of Williams Brothers Construction) $1,000
  • Zachry Construction Corp PAC (of Cintra-Zachry fame) $1,000
  • Boone Pickens, Dallas (Mesa Water and more) $2,500
  • Richard Weekley, Houston (Weekley Properties) $2,500
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (Richard Weekly Chairman & CEO) $50,000
  • Bob Perry, Houston (Perry Homes) $35,000
  • Future of Texas PAC (James Leininger funded PAC) $25,000
  • Harold Simmons, Dallas (Owner of Contran, worth a Google search!) $5,000
  • Robert Johnson (Austin attorney & lobbyist) $10,000
  • Hillco PAC (Another worth a Google search!) $2,500
  • Michael Toomey, Austin (Attorney & former Gov. Perry chief of staff) $1,000
  • Larry & Chad Johnson, Houston (Johnson Development Corp) $2,000
  • HomePAC of Texas (Texas Assn of Builders) $3,500
  • Home PAC (Greater Houston Builders Assn) $2,000
And the list goes on, and on …….

Accepting some of these contributions seem at odds with Hegar's oft repeated public claims of opposition to the Trans-Texas Corridor and concern for private property rights. Many of his new found supporters have a vested interest in highways, railroads, land development, and water. Mostly however they have an interest in exercising power and influence over our elected officials.

The full reports can be found at: )

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What are these contributors buying? Why the sudden interest in Hegar?

Of course Glenn is running against a very well know anti-corridor activist. Could that be a factor?

These contributors didn’t throw this kind of money at Hegar as a candidate for his House seat.

It's a shame that Austin lobbyists, PACs, and the extremely wealthy can effectively exert such stunning influence over the public selection of elected officials.

David Stall for State Senate Campaign