This “Democrat” Loves Republicans

Why is David Alameel trying to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator here in Texas? Alameel ran for Congress in 2012, spent an average of $1,276.78 per vote, and came in fourth place. As it turns out, Alameel has a history of wasting his money on some pretty foolish causes. Check out how this money could have been spent otherwise…

7. $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee

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$2,500 in 2005. $2,500 in 2006.

Reality check: That is more money than most Texans take home a month… and in two months for many lower income Texans.

6. $8,000 to John Cornyn*

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Reality check: That money could easily buy a nice vacation for him and his wife in some exotic corner of the world. At least the money would go to local economies, rather than actively working against the interests of everyday Texans.

*David Alameel requested a refund. John Cornyn refused and thanked him for his “enthusiastic and generous support of” these conservative causes. I would hate to see Alameel face Cornyn in a public debate as our nominee.

5. $10,000 to the Utah Republican Party

TXMon - AlameelUTGOP Reality check: Utah? Really?!? If he wanted to send his money out of Texas, Alameel could have empowered women in developing countries to raise livestock and support their communities via Heifer International.

4. $36,300 to the Dallas County Republican Party

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Reality check: This amount of money would have covered the estimated costs of the Women’s Health Program for about 150 Texas women.

3. $165,000 to Greg Abbott

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$15,000 in 2002. $25,000 in 2004. $25,000 in 2005. $50,000 in 2006. $50,000 in 2007.

Reality check: The estimated cost of tuition and fees for a standard liberal arts degree, plus a law degree, after 7 years at The University of Texas? $133,726.

2. $450,000 to Carole Keeton Strayhorn

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$50,000 in 2004. $100,000 in 2005. $300,000 in 2006.

Reality check: Alameel could reserve a seat into outer space and release a bag filled with $200,000 into the abyss.

1. $525,000 to David Dewhurst

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$25,000 in 2001. $50,000 in 2004. $300,000 in 2006. $75,000 in 2007. $100,000 in 2008.

Reality check: Alameel could have purchased an island chain in Maine for only $499,000! He thinks having the Republican Lt. Governor as his friend is a better deal. We must have different tastes.

But wait, Huey! Hasn’t he given to Democrats, too?

Barely, in comparison. He gave more to Dewhurst and Strayhorn combined than he has to Democrats in both state and federal reports. His paid clean up team, the Lone Star Project, sent out an email shamelessly trying to paint him as a good Democrat. It is sad to see progressive organizations sell their souls. Don’t be fooled, y’all!

He has also given money to Mitch McConnell, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Pete Sessions, Mike Pence and others.

SOURCES

  • State Donations – Texas Ethics Commission
  • Federal Donations – Federal Ethics Commission
  • Women’s Health Program: http://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=20940
  • Private Island in Maine: http://www.privateislandsonline.com/islands/scabby-island-chain
  • UT Law Degree Costs: https://www.utexas.edu/law/finaid/costs/
  • UT Liberal Arts Degree Costs: https://www.utexas.edu/tuition/costs.html

Student Election Candidates: Progressive or not?

TXMon - SG2014Do student elections matter? The Forty Acres is a microcosm of Texas. A diverse assembly of over 50,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff members call this campus “home.”  The issues debated here reflect the public policy matters contested in the Capitol. The leaders we follow today are likely to be the public officeholders, or their influencers, of tomorrow. It is important to ensure that their values reflect the progressiveness of the student body — not just their concerns for toilet paper. Continue reading

A Good Candidate Who Bullies

Negative campaigning ain’t anything new or rare, but the race for Travis County Judge is getting unnecessarily nasty. Sarah Eckhardt and her supporters have launched a strange crusade against Andy Brown. It is a sad sight since both are great Democrats with a lot to offer our community.

5.  Mocking the Opponent — “Untested Rookie”

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The mudslinging against Brown is straight-up mean. One supporter made fun of his tagline, while she recently sent out a mail piece dismissing Brown as an “untested rookie.”

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Vote Wendy. Vote Leticia. Vote Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

With Wendy and Leticia at the top of the ticket next year, things are already looking great for Texas Democrats and Hispanics. Yet, there is more! In order to raise further excitement during the 2014 Democratic Primary, the State Democratic Executive Committee is going to place referenda items on the ballot. This is pretty cool because it allows Democratic voters to affirm our values and increases participation in the Primary. There are two proposed items that I am pretty excited about:
#9 ON IMMIGRATION REFORM The United States Congress must pass immigration reform; including an earned path to citizenship for those individuals contributing to the economy and the dependents of those individuals. Continue reading

4 Easy Ways To Be A Part of #TeamWendy

The next Governor of Texas can’t take over the mansion alone. She’s gonna need all hands on deck, y’all. Here are four easy ways to be part of the effort.

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her candidacy for Texas Governor. (Photo credit: Justin W. Perez)

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her candidacy for Texas Governor. (Photo credit: Justin W. Perez)

4. Post it. Tweet it. Pin it. Love it.

Share this video. It’s pretty cool.

3. Join a Local Dem Club

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Make some new friends. Find a chapter near you: Tejano Democrats, Mexican American Democrats, Texas College Democrats, Texas Young Democrats, Texas Democratic Women, Texas Stonewall Democrats and Battleground Texas

2. Sign Up to Volunteer

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Elections don’t win themselves… and it’s gonna take more than attending Wendy rallies. Sign up.

1. #GiveToWendy

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Do it now. Do it before midnight today. Abbott has been raising money for years, so we are gonna need to fill in the gap in order to be competitive this cycle. Consider it an investment in Texas’ future and, more importantly, your future.

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