Tribpedia: Mike Toomey

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Mike Toomey is one of Texas' top lobbyists, a former state lawmaker and served as chief of staff to two Texas governors: Bill Clements and Rick Perry. He is currently a partner in The Texas Lobby Group, an Austin firm.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission, Toomey's clients in 2009 included wireless company AT&T, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co ...

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Mike Toomey (l), former chief of staff for Texas Governor Rick Perry (r) with the governor on January 21, 2003 in his office on the eve of his second inaugural.  Toomey, now a high-powered lobbyist, and Perry have been friends since their first days in politics.
Mike Toomey (l), former chief of staff for Texas Governor Rick Perry (r) with the governor on January 21, 2003 in his office on the eve of his second inaugural. Toomey, now a high-powered lobbyist, and Perry have been friends since their first days in politics.

Pro-Rick Perry PAC Raised $5.5 Million

Wealthy donors and companies, mostly from Texas, poured millions into a Super PAC that tried to help Rick Perry get elected president. Co-founder Mike Toomey, a lobbyist and Perry confidante, gave more than $100,000 toward the doomed effort.

Green Party officials drop off about 93,000 signatures to the Texas Secretary of State.
Green Party officials drop off about 93,000 signatures to the Texas Secretary of State.

Texas Democratic Party Settles Green Party Ballot Suit

Buried in the Texas Democratic Party’s campaign filing this week was a $210,000 deposit with a cryptic heading: “confidential litigation settlement.” Party officials won’t say what it’s for. But sources close to them confirm the settlement is the resolution of the party’s lawsuit over a Republican consultant’s effort in 2010 to get the Green Party on the state ballot.

Toomey with Perry in the Texas House in 1985.
Toomey with Perry in the Texas House in 1985.

Texas Lobbyist Mike Toomey is Force Behind Rick Perry

Should Rick Perry become president, it will be in no small measure because of the efforts of Mike Toomey, a lobbyist and onetime chief of staff to the governor who has tapped a sprawling network of donors, business allies and friendly (or indebted) lawmakers to help him accomplish ambitious political and legislative goals.

Former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina speaks at the Texas Capitol about crony capitalism, joined by Janet Ahmad of Homeowners for Better Building, on Sept. 22, 2011
Former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina speaks at the Texas Capitol about crony capitalism, joined by Janet Ahmad of Homeowners for Better Building, on Sept. 22, 2011

Medina, Activists Take Aim at Rick Perry at Capitol

Former gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party favorite Debra Medina and other activists slammed what they called a culture of crony capitalism in Texas politics at a Capitol press conference on Thursday — taking aim at Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry Gets Roughed Up in Second GOP Debate

Life as the front-runner can be tough, as Gov. Rick Perry discovered Monday night at the latest GOP debate. Perry found himself under attack from an unfamiliar place — the right — as his rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination attacked him for being insufficiently conservative on some key issues.

Presidential candidate Rick Perry makes a speech at the Iowa 80 "World's Largest Truck Stop" at Walcott, Iowa on August 16, 2011.
Presidential candidate Rick Perry makes a speech at the Iowa 80 "World's Largest Truck Stop" at Walcott, Iowa on August 16, 2011.

A Perry-Friendly Super PAC Says Iowa Likes Him

Texas Weekly

It's a synergy thing. Super PACs can spend all they want to advance a candidate or cause, with certain limitations and — importantly — without talking to the candidate or the campaign. So here's Make Us Great Again, a new Perry-centric Super PAC releasing a poll of Iowa voters that shows — surprise — the governor doing well there. 

PAC Men, and Women

Texas Weekly

The governor's former legislative director has a Super PAC to support the run for president, and now there's another such PAC — headed by former Perry chief of staff and legislator Mike Toomey.

Perry's TWIA Nemesis Promises to Continue His Fight

Trial lawyer Steve Mostyn insists Gov. Rick Perry and GOP legislators punished him for donating millions to Democrats by putting his clients — coastal homeowners — in the crosshairs. "It's straight-up vendetta politics," he says, vowing to create a national political action committee that will gather opposition research on Perry if he runs for president.

Under Law, Lobbyist Conflicts Stay Private

Lobbyists are required by law to notify their clients if they represent two or more groups with clashing agendas. They are also required to notify the Texas Ethics Commission. Scores of lobbyists have done so in recent legislative sessions. What is not required is for the public or elected representatives to be informed.

Do Libertarians Help Democrats and Hurt Republicans?

It's impossible to know exactly which elections will be close in November. But with Libertarian candidates in more than a dozen House races that are on the Republican and Democratic target lists, signed up for the two Texas congressional seats on the GOP's national target list, and in the statewide races, too, here's a question: Are the Libertarians giving Texas Democrats a electoral boost?