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Texas reps maintain support for $1.4 trillion Joint Strike Fighter project beset with delays and cost overruns
Monday, Apr 02, 2012, 10:43AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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You know what they always say in government, in for a dime, in for $1.4 trillion.  As long as the money keeps coming to Texas.

The Defense Department calls it the Joint Strike Fighter, but what it is is Congressional pork on the hoof, gorging itself for a decade on horrendous spending overruns at the Lockheed Martin assembly plant in Fort Worth, according to a story by the Dallas Morning News.

Why, that’s in U.S. Rep. Kay Granger’s district. The Republican has gained a measure of dubious renown for her facility in getting the public to fund a Fort Worth downtown redevelopment project headed by her son, JD.

Granger, it seems, worked her magic at one time to make a present to the Joint Strike Fighter of its very own congressional caucus. A quarter of the 48 members of the caucus are from Texas.

Granger, in turn, was the single biggest beneficiary of contributions - $45,700  - from people connected to the Joint Strike Fighter project, a Center for Responsive Politics report in December, said.

Members of the Strike Fighter Caucus, on average, received twice as much in contributions from the interested parties as their fellow, not as fortunate representatives, the report says.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, whose fondness for family has also been expressed with our tax money, lobbied for funding for an optional engine for the fighter that the Defense Department had even given up on.

Even U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who never seems to make the annual lists of pork barrel divers, has taken to reflexively defending the most expensive defense project in history, one that cost as much as a decade fighting the Iraq War.

“We’ve put all our eggs in the F-35 basket,” Cornyn told the Morning News.

To steal shamelessly from Chief Brody in Jaws, you’re going to need a bigger basket.

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Pharr, Belton make national list for spending on federal lobbying; Belton city manager: ‘Leave no stone unturned’
Monday, May 09, 2011, 12:13PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Last year, while the state Department of Transportation was making its final decision on a $25 million inspection building for the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, the city of Pharr boosted the money it spent on political lobbying to $260,000 from $10,000 the year before.

The bridge got its upgrade, and the border area, which includes neighboring McAllen, got a substantial construction project. The bill for lobbying in 2010 was $3.69 for each of the 70,400 people living in Pharr.

In its second year with a lobbyist, the city of Belton in 2010 secured a federal street project grant of $750,000 and a police communication grant of $700,000. The cost over two years for the lobbyist was $230,000, or a little more than $12 over two years for each of its 18,216 residents.

These were pittances compared to the $127.66 per person paid for lobbying last year by the residents of Galena, Alaska. Theirs was the highest rate paid by an government entity in an analysis of federal lobbying reports done by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group keeping track of money in American politics.

The lesson for tiny, isolated Galena and many other cities and counties who made the list is the manifold return on investment in lobbying. For its $60,000 spent on on lobbying in 2010, Galena got back $1.5 million for utility repair and replacement.

The study says government entities from state to village spent more than $77 million to lobby the federal government in 2010, down from a record high of $83 million the year before, but still nearly triple the $27.7 million spent in 1998.

Fiscal watchdogs told the center that the analysis reveals a surprising fact about who's lobbying for what.
"One of the biggest secrets is that the biggest beggars are the representatives of local governments," Leslie Paige, vice president of communications for Citizens Against Government Waste, told OpenSecrets Blog. "When people think of pork-barrel spending and earmarks, people think of high-class lobbyists … but the truth is, it's local governments who lobby for earmarks and government money."
The Galena government’s spending on lobbying in 2010 represented $127.66 per capita -- the highest rate of any state, county or municipal government in the United States, according to the center’s analysis of federal lobbying and U.S. Census data. In 2009, Galena spent $40,000. The city's annual budget is about $5 million, according to a municipal document from 2007.

In a per-capita analysis of towns spending six figures or more, Texas cities and counties barely cracked the top 20, with the city of Belton $110,000, or $6.04 a head, lobbying costs for 2010 coming in 17th on the list. Pharr was 27th.

Sam Listi, city manager of Belton, says he considers the city’s return on its lobbying investment excellent. The city has retained the lobbyist this year, although for a fee of $60,000 in a tight federal budget year.

“We felt like we needed help in a very challenging environment, leaving no stone unturned in targeting local funding,” Listi says. “We’re not an entitlement city that automatically gets block grants. We’re too small for that.”

When asked if he had qualms about a process that was a bit like earmarking federal money, Listi said the federal money would be spent no matter what somewhere else without someone speaking for Belton’s needs. “I would rather it be spent through our local Congressional delegation than by Washington,” he said.

A message left by Texas Watchdog for Fred Sandoval, city manager of Pharr, asking for elaboration on how and on what the city’s lobbying money was spent was not returned. Construction of the inspection station is expected to move forward in 2011, Amy Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation’ Pharr district, said Thursday.

In all, 14 Texas cities and counties made the list of 193 government entities compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Texas Watchdog has compiled a Texas list for you here.

Only Austin and Dallas spent more on lobbyists in 2010 than Pharr, $280,000 each, although Austin’s men, women and children spent 35 cents each and Dallas’ population just 23 cents each. Houston spent $252,000 or a per capita rate of 12 cents, and Harris County spent $240,000 for a rate of 6 cents.
 
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Health care industry donations shift to Republicans following passage of Obamacare
Monday, Feb 07, 2011, 10:23AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
medical equipment

Medical professionals opposed to President Obama's health care bill are putting their money where their tongue depressors are.

 

Political action committees representing all manner of health care professional shifted their contributions heavily to Republicans after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a story in today's Washington Post. With research help from the Center For Responsive Politics, the Post found that of the $42.7 million the health care industry contributed to Congress after the health care law passed, $25.7 million went to Republicans and $17 million to Democrats.


These political action committees, perhaps to influence voting on the bill in a House and Senate controlled by Democrats, had been donating a little more than half their money to Democrats prior to the vote, according to the study. 


House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, while unable to block the health bill, has since March of 2010 collected $386,665 from health care and health insurance political action committees. Boehner led a Republican-controlled House to vote to repeal the health care law. The Senate, controlled by Democrats, voted against a repeal.


New House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., collected $477,750 during the same period, according to the study.


While the Post did not release its entire study, the nonpartisan Center, which specializes in tracking political contributions, shows 13 of the top 20 recipients of donations from health professionals in 2009-10 were Republicans. Not surprisingly, most on the list were either powerful in Congress or influential in House and Senate health-related committees.


U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Flower Mound, the lone Texan and 19th on the list, received $291,406 during the 2009-10 period. Burgess is a licensed doctor, the founder and chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus and a member of at least eight other health care-related caucuses.


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Dollarocracy app from the Center for Responsive Politics lets you follow the money
Thursday, Dec 09, 2010, 04:16PM CST
By Lee Ann O'Neal
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The Center for Responsive Politics, which powers the website OpenSecrets.org, has converted a lot of its great information to an app for iPhones and iPods.
 
I just downloaded the Dollarocracy app and was able in just a few seconds to peruse a top-10 themes list on money in politics -- theme #1: Money Follows Power --- scan a directory of the House leadership, and read a post about how a space travel company, Space Exploration Technologies, has donated hundreds of thousands to federal candidates and spent more than a half-million on federal lobbying last year. The company's lobbying team includes three former members of Congress, Dollarocracy says, including Texas Republican Tom Loeffler. Sweet federal contract, anyone?

I particularly like the "Dig Deeper" section of the app, which lets you search by interest group, politician and individual House and Senate race.

Check out Dollarocracy here, or search for it in the App Store. (The center promises it's working on getting the info out via other mobile platforms like Google's Android system.)

Contact Lee Ann O'Neal at leeann@texaswatchdog.org or 713-980-9777.

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Big money didn't equal big election wins in Texas or across the US
Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010, 04:34PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
100-dollar bills

Solomon Ortiz was no Meg Whitman, but they both helped put the lie to the contention of the conventional wisdom that big money would buy elections in 2010.


Let's not get this wrong. There was plenty of money spent on elections this past election cycle, about $1.6 billion by Republicans and about $1.6 billion by Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org, an investigative and data gathering arm of the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. And as you can see from this OpenSecrets graphic of spending on House races in Texas, there were plenty of entrenched Republicans and Democrats who charged back into office after their campaigns rained dollars while their opponents spent virtually nothing.


But in both the staggering number of House races Republican took from incumbents nationally and in those they didn't, it was tough to see, as a story on Reason.com points out, any strict correlation between money and victory.


Certainly not in the case of Rep. Ortiz, a Democrat from Corpus Christi, who pitted 28 years of Congressional experience backed by almost $900,000 and came up 799 votes short to Republican Randolph Farenthold, who raised less than $400,000. Ortiz has asked the Texas Secretary of State to grant a manual vote recount. The office has the next two days to decide.


Another longtime Democratic incumbent, Chet Edwards, of Waco, raised $3.4 million, only to lose to a Republican opponent who raised $800,000 less than he did, William Flores. While Democratic Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, did not have the tenure of Ortiz and Edwards, raising $260,000 more than Republican Francisco Canseco didn't help either.


It should also be pointed out that incumbent Dallas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson beat back a challenge by Republican Stephen Broden, who outspent her, but by a little more than $30,000 in a campaign in which about $1.3 million was spent.


And while Republicans were successful spending less than their opponents in House races, some, like Whitman, who spent $140 million of her own money to take a double-digit thumping from Jerry Brown, were spectacularly unsuccessful outspending their foes. Linda McMahon, professional wrestling magnate and Republican candidate for the Senate, spent $46 million in a losing effort.

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City of Houston shopping for federal lobbyist, looks to trim overall lobbying costs
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010, 08:00AM CST
By Steve Miller
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Help wanted: City of 2 million-plus seeks go-getter who can glide through the halls of Congress, knows the issues and players and -- this is important -- who can bring home our money.

The city of Houston is looking for an advocate in the Beltway, and officials hope to save taxpayers a few bucks in the process by eliminating a longtime firm working exclusively for the airport.

The new lobbying contractor for federal issues, including aviation, could edge out ZuckertScoutt & Rasenberger, which has been paid $1.3 million over the last decade to work on behalf of the Houston Airport System. Zuckert's earnings represent 32 percent of the $4 million the city has paid to lobbyists to D.C. since 2000, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

"It’s the hope of both Mayor (Annise) Parker and myself that we can combine the contracts into one and recognize some cost savings,” said Darrin Hall, head of intergovernmental affairs for the city.
 
Lobbying powerhouse Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld handles other city business, from bills dealing with freight rail costs to opposing legislation that would allow online travel companies to withhold taxes on hotels from cities.
 
Greater efficiency might mean less time for ceremony -- Zuckert lobbyist Rachel Trinder reported working last year on "resolutions commending the 40th anniversary of IAH airport in Houston," introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, though her primary focus was to bring home funds from the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
Trinder declined to comment on her work or whether her firm would try to regain the contract.

But why do local governments need million-dollar lobbyists to work on the same issues carried by a region's Congressional delegation? This has been a point of criticism for years.

“I have always opposed using tax dollars to hire lobbyists," U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, said via e-mail. "Mayor Parker has shown a willingness to take on tough issues and cut spending wherever possible. I hope she continues on that path with regards to this decision.” 

 

As cities, counties and school districts cut jobs and ask residents to pony up for new taxes, such criticism gets more pointed.

 
“The mayor should be the best lobbyist a city has,” said Steve Ellis, vice-president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a D.C.-based outfit that advocates for responsible public spending. “And these U.S. lawmakers, part of their job is to deal with federal legislation, the same thing these lobbyists are being paid millions to do.”
 
Mayors, county judges, board members and other elected officials should be complementing a region’s federal elected presence, Ellis said.
 
Others contend that mindset ignores the nitty-gritty of the political process.
 
"The unfortunate part of politics is that we need the same stroke that corporate interests have," said Cathy Sisk, director of Harris County's Office of Legislative Relations, which handles the county's $216,000 federal lobbying budget. "It gives the taxpayer the same influence as the people who make huge campaign contributions."
 
The downside to letting the U.S. reps handle the lobbying role is that they end up agitating for bucks just for their districts, even if needs are greater elsewhere, said Peter Sepp, executive vice-president of the National Taxpayers Union.
 
“At the same time, there is an argument that this kind of thing, earmarking, is accelerated by lobbyists,” said Sepp, whose Virginia-based group advocates for smaller government.
 
The current arrangement of taxpayer-funded lobbyists often results in a circular money grab. Harris County, for example, lobbies for money in competition with other regions of Texas. Earlier this year, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act became a money grab for congressional districts all over the U.S. Harris County paid its longtime lobbyist Jack Peterson $40,000 in part to advocate for earmarks from the bill.
 
 
The city of Houston has received no proposals for its lobbying contract, which runs two years with a third-year option, Hall said. The deadline is Nov. 1 for the contract beginning in March.
 
Hall said he expects proposals from the firm Patton Boggs, which was the city's primary lobbyist before Akin got the job in 2005.

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.

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Wyly brothers, major GOP donors, accused of insider trading
Friday, Jul 30, 2010, 12:28PM CST
By Mark Lisheron

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Charles Wyly Jr. and Samuel Wyly, Dallas billionaire brothers and top Republican campaign donors, accusing them of making $550 million on insider trading.

According to the suit filed Thursday in federal court in New York, the Wylys set up a complicated and fraudulent network of companies and trusts in the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man to sell stock valued at more than $750 million in companies on whose boards they sat. The brothers failed to disclose the profits made from the scheme, according to the suit.

Data from the Center for Responsive Politics and its website opensecrets.org show the Wylys and their wives have been among the most generous donors to conservative candidates and issues in the country over the last 20 years. The two couples donated almost $2.5 million, more than $1.3 million of it to the Republican National Committee, during that time.

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