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.Full Story
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 ...
Buried in the Texas Democratic Party’s campaign filing this week was a $210,000 deposit with a cryptic heading: “confidential litigation settlement.”Full Story
Super PACs are a dream for the sort of person who likes being a political worker but hates the candidates: it will soon be possible to run a campaign without dealing with an actual contender.
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
Trial lawyer Steve Mostyn insists the governor and the GOP-led Legislature punished him for donating millions to Democrats by putting his clients — coastal homeowners — in the crosshairs. "It's straight-up vendetta politics," he says.Full Story
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.Full Story
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?Full Story
Tension — as if it wasn't already thick — is mounting between Gov. Rick Perry and Bill White.Full Story