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A few details off in Domingo Garcia ad, but key point on Marc Veasey vote for radioactive waste dump checks out
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012, 09:48AM CST
By Curt Olson

Who, other than PolitiFact, says honesty in politics is dead?

Not long after Texas Watchdog reported on the Democratic runoff  between Domingo Garcia and Mark Veasey for U.S. Congress in District 33, the Garcia campaign flattered us with a call.

The story had pointed out that Garcia had in one of his television ads accused Veasey of voting for House Bill 1504 “to bring nuclear waste to Texas.”

In the bottom corner of the video snippet the campaign says it unearthed this fact from the state of Texas House Journal, dated May 17, 2007.

Watchdog went digging for House Bill 1504 in that session of the Legislature and found a proposal to promote the General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach Program, a bill no one voted for because it never got out of committee.

Veasey posted the video on his website, saying the “patently dishonest” ad featured not a single credible claim.

In response, the Garcia campaign wanted us to know they had released a new ad that corrected the record. While again slamming Veasey for his nuclear energy vote, the ad cites the House Journal from May 17, this time in 2011.

Tempted mightily to take the campaign at its word, but remembering the editor who once said, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out,” we checked it out.

House Bill 1504 from that year refers to an action on the state’s website, Texas Online.

But we also found a Senate Bill 1504, which the Legislature passed approving a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in Andrews.

Veasey’s House vote in favor of the site on the second reading is right here on page 4099 of the House Journal for May 17, 2011.

Contact Curt Olson at or 512-557-3800. Follow him on Twitter @olson_curt.

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Susie Rios
Sunday, 07/29/2012 - 12:27PM




Dallas Business Journal

MBLA 2011 Business Owners Honorees

Minority Business

Tonya Veasey of Open Channels Group LLC

She moved back into the political arena in 2003 as a registered Texas lobbyist with The Eppstein Group.

**In 2004,, a political website, ranked Bryan Eppstein the most powerful Republican consultant in Texas.

Texas PACs:

Texas Medical Association (TMA) PAC - TMA’s biggest payments, totaling $172,500, went to the Eppstein Group political consulting firm. It paid more than $45,000 apiece to Governor Perry and Speaker Straus. Its largest rank-and-file legislative contributions went to two Republican Primary losers. TMA contributed $35,000 to revolving-door lobbyist David Sibley, who made a failed bid to win back the Waco Senate seat he previously vacated. It also gave $30,000 to Susan Curling, who lost a nasty House race to Houston’s Dan Huberty.

A REGISTERED TEXAS LOBBYIST with who? Did they mention—The Eppstein Group????

Let’s get a clearer picture..,


Open Channels Group, LLC

Fort Worth, Texas

Open Channels Group is an important M/WBE partner of The Eppstein Group. Its founder, Tonya Jackson Veasey, is also a former associate of ours.

Its founder is WHO? Now, is this State Representative Marc Veasey’s wife? Did Open Channels Group, LLC mention Tony VEASEY as an important partner of the Eppstein Group???

RED or BLUE –We ask YOU –MARC VEASEY??? And yes- TONYA VEASEY??? Hmmmmmmm….


Fact---The single and most important concern is to know the TRUTH prior to making an educated decision.

What happened to DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS????

Mar 20, 2012

Eppstein's business model

Bryan Eppstein represents corporate clients as their lobbyists. No problem with that.

Bryan Eppstein represents political clients as their political consultant. No problem with that.

Don't you think that when Eppstein needs a vote for his corporate clients, he COULD lean on his political clients? As an elected official, if you believe your political consultant helped get you in office, do you feel a little bit indebted to him?

I don't know. But i think someone should dig deeper here.

For instance, what if his client, Verizon, needed a crucial vote for some legislation. Shouldn't someone look to see how all his political clients voted on that bill? Same for the Texas Medical Association, the Associatin of Electric Companies of Texas, and all his other corporate clients.

Our Lone Star State -Now the Mega Nuclear Waste Dump of the U.S.A. !!!!!!

The Texas Tribune

• by Paul Theobald

• February 23, 2012

Billionaire's PAC Admits Error, Seeks Refunds

The political action committee of Dallas billionaire waste magnate Harold S i m m o n s admitted today that it messed up when it illegally donated $65,000 to candidates' campaigns in 2011. Based on recommendations of the Texas Ethics Commission, WCS-Texas Solutions PAC is calling all 18 lawmakers who received funds and asking them to give the money back.

The donations went to 15 Republicans and three Democrats: Sens. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Reps. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth; Cindy Burkett, R-Mesquite; Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton, R-Mauriceville; Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton; Byron Cook, R-Corsicana; Myra Crownover, R-Lake Dallas; Drew Darby, R-San Angelo; Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth; Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; Sid Miller, R-Stephenville; Wayne Smith, R-Baytown; Dan Branch, R-Dallas; Jessica Farrar, D-Houston; John Frullo, R-Lubbock; Patricia Harless, R-Spring; and

Marc V e a s e y, D-Fort Worth.



Simmons came out swinging against O b a m a, telling the WSJ he plans to give $36 million to various right-leaning super PACs before the election.



40 Behind-The-Scenes Billionaires Funding The 2012 Election


On Thursday morning the Wall Street Journal published an interview with Harold Simmons, the Texas investor who — despite his $9 billion fortune and controversial nuclear waste program — has remained largely unknown to the general public.

Simmons came out swinging against O b a m a, telling the WSJ he plans to give $36 million to various right-leaning super PACs before the election. He’s already given $18 million, both personally and through his chemical company Contran Corp., making him the most generous donor by far this cycle.



Give It Back

Posted on May 8, 2008 by Michael Quinn Sullivan

Year after year, the State of Texas has produced budget surpluses – more money than government needs.

Predictably, left-wingers are crying foul. Democratic State Rep. Marc Veasey told the Star Telegram he is “all for giving the taxpayers a break when we can afford to” – but, frankly, he wants to spend lots and lots and lots more.

Veasey and left-wing radicals (of both parties) simply don’t like the idea of parting themselves from your money. Once they have it, they want to spend it on their friends or programs that give them more power.


Contran's (Sort Of) Donation to the U.S. Billionaires Super PAC ...

Feb 9, 2012 ... Harold Simmons may be a generous and savvy player in the world of GOP campaign finance, but his Contran Corp. ... over $100000 to Americans for RickPerry and $1 million to Make Us Great Again, ... the maximum a PAC can give to a candidate -- to the Rick Perry 2012 Presidential Victory Committee.


You may be wondering, “what does GOP stand for?” The GOP meaning is steeped in American history. GOP is actually an acronym that originally stood for “Gallant Old Party;” today, however, it stands for Grand Old Party. You probably already know it by it’s more common name, the Republican Party.

Harold Simmons, the billionaire owner of Contran Corp., re-emerged last week as a superstar in the world of political giving, outshining even himself with 2011 contributions adding up to $5.6 million in his own name and $2 million from his Contran Corp.’s treasury to super PACs promoting GOP presidential candidates. That’s already nearly triple his total reported 2008 giving to outside groups

Fiscal Responsibility Index

The Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. We use exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.

Lawmakers and their offices are notified in advance of TFR’s position on the issues rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor

State Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth)

Most recent rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index: F

Cumulative rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index: F

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