This is the final installment of contributors from the Perry campaign’s semiannual filing with the Ethics Commission. The report runs to 2,280 pages (one contribution per page), but the last 400 or so represent expenditures rather than contributions. That leaves 371 names from which I culled the biggest and most interesting donors.
After going through the entire list, I found two things that stand out. One is a significantly large number of obnoxiously small contributions: a penny or two, a buck or two. I mentioned this in a previous posting and received an e-mail saying that it was an organized effort by the anti-taxers to indicate how little they think of the governor. It’s not a friendly gesture, that’s for sure. I didn’t see this show up in the Strayhorn, Bell, or Friedman filings. The other is that Perry seemed to have a lot of Hispanic contributors. I didn’t count them, but they showed up frequently enough to be noticed as a group. This reminds me of something Dick Murray, the Houston pollster and analyst, told me about the 2002 election race: that a lot of upwardly mobile Hispanics in the Houston area had moved into the eastern suburbs, and that they voted Republican/Anglo (Perry) for governor and Democrat/Hispanic (Sylvia Garcia) for county commissioner.
Anyway, here’s the last of the list.
*L Simmons, Houston, oilfield services investments, $25,000
*Richard Smith, Bryan, real estate, $15,000. (Another former colleague from Perry’s legislative days.)
*Lionel Sosa, Floresville, advertising, $10,000. (Pioneered marketing to Hispanics; was a Bush Pioneer in 2000.)
*Lisa Stapp, Spring, occupation unknown, $.33. (An example of the miniscule contributions reference above).
*John Stephens, San Antonio, SBC controller, $25,000
*Michael Stevens, Houston, real estate, $25,000
*Gerald Stool, Dallas, real estate, $25,000
*Joe Straus, San Antonio, $2,000 (four contributions). (A state legislator whose family has long been involved in the horse racing business and stands to gain hugely if racetracks are allowed to have video lottery terminals.)
*Robert Talton, Pasadena, state representative, $1,000. (A leading candidate to succeed Tom DeLay in Congress.)
*Charles Tate, venture capitalist, Houston, $25,000. (Formerly a principal in Tom Hicks’ megafirm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, now known as HM Capital.)
*Texans for Joe Nixon, Houston, $1,000. (Leftover campaign funds from Nixon’s doomed race for the the Texas Senate, in which he was flattened by the Dan Patrick steamroller.)
*Texas Association of Realtors, Austin, $25,000. (A PAC that spent time in Perry’s doghouse.)
*Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Austin, $1,000. (What’s this? TLR usually dumps money in five- and six-digit wads. Maybe it’s just the monthly rental.)
*Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Fort Worth, $25,000. (All you need to know about the clout of this organization is that its past presidents have included John Barclay Armstrong, Richard Mifflin Klebert, Robert Justis Kleberg, Herbert Kokernot, and Dolph Briscoe.)
*Texas Optometric PAC, Austin, $25,000. (The optometrists are always fighting with the opthamologists.
*TEXPAC (Texas Medical Association), Austin, $10,000. (Another PAC that did time in Perry’s doghouse. In fact, it’s still doing it.)
*Clifton Thomas, Victoria, retail merchant, $25,000. (A Perry appointee to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.)
*Humberto Vela, San Antonio, rancher, $5,000. (This name and the next several, which all occur within a short span of pages in the report, give some idea of Perry’s Hispanic support.)
*Dora Verde, San Antonio, CPA, $500
*Alfonso Villamil, Corpus Christi, physician, $50. (Chief of hematology/oncology at Christus Spohn Cancer Center.)
*Alonso Villarreal, San Antonio, principal in Secopsa, $10,000. (I have been unable to find any hard information about Secopsa on the Web.)
*Robert Waltrip, Houston, funeral services, $25,000. (His company is SCI, Services Corporation International, the industry giant.)
*David Weekley, Houston, homebuilder, $5,000. (Brother of…)
*Dick Weekley, Houston, homebuilder, $25,000 (two contributions). (The public face of Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the man for whom the phrase “the owner’s box” was invented — by Democrats — to refer to the section of the House of Representatives gallery where prominent and powerful folk watch their pet legislation get enacted into law.)
*Clayton Williams, Midland, oil and gas operator, $25,000. (A truly likeable guy who couldn’t keep his mouth shut long enough to become governor.)
*Tommy Williams, The Woodlands, state senator, $2,500. (Chairman of the Republican Caucus.)
*James Wilson, Sugar Land, venture capitalist, $25,000
*Charles Wood, Dallas, insurance executive, $66,375
*Frank Yturria, Brownsville, rancher, $25,000. (Appointed to the Inter-American Foundation by both Presidents Bush.)
*H Zachary Jr., San Antonio, construction, $25,000. (The construction company is a partner in the controversial Trans-Texas corridor toll road planned to run from Interstate 10 at Seguin to North Texas.)