|Donors to TPPF are throwing their money away|
We find ourselves a couple of days away from the November election in Texas and Members of the legislature have been campaigning pretty hard for the passage of Prop 6 – the water funding amendment to the constitution. The historic effort would tap $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to shore up our water resources over the next 50 years. It won't solve all our problems but I think it is a good start.
A broad spectrum of supporters have been spending money on direct mail, TV and radio in an effort to drown out what little opposition there is. More than 150 members of the legislature support the effort in a public way including Speaker Joe Straus.
I find it interesting that one of the main opponents of Prop 6 is the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Once again they are on the other side of the Speaker of the House, the majority of members in the legislature and it turns out a majority of it’s own contributors.
According to tax filings, TPPF receives a majority of its funding from a small group of corporations, foundations and wealthy individuals according to an article posted online from the Texas Observer. To my knowledge TPPF has not discounted this report.
For instance ExxonMobil gave the TPPF $10,000 and they are for Prop 6, same can be said about Texas Association of Manufactures($5,000), Verizon ($47,000), Time Warner Cable ($10,000), Conoco Phillips ($5,000) etc. The list continues but you get my point.
Prop 6 is big, if not the biggest piece of legislation passed last session and the Governor, Speaker of the House and the majority of the legislature is campaigning for its passage and TPPF is fighting it.
Why would these corporations continue to fund an organization who takes its orders from Tim Dunn and Michael Quinn Sullivan? These are the guys that just sent out mailers to voters telling them that their legislator got an F according to their arbitrary scorecard. This is the same organization whose board member personally gave over $40K to the Speaker's opponent last session and this is the same organization that Michael Quinn Sullivan use to be Vice President of.
Don’t they realize the Governor, Speaker and Members of the legislature are watching? I know the lobbyist for the corporations giving money are watching because they told me they are. It might be a tough year for fundraising at TPPF.
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Til Next Time - Adios all you Mofos!