The Money In The District 48 Race
Donna Howard gets her money from:
Howard's largest checks came from H-E-B grocery CEO Charles Butt of San Antonio and Annie's List, a statewide network that raises money for Democratic women.
Ben Bentzin gets his money from Bob "Swiftboat" Perry and James "Voucher" Leininger. And he's got gambling money, Republican decried gambling money in system but some of his donors hired by gambling interests
Republican Ben Bentzin has outraised Democrat Donna Howard in their race for a seat in the Texas House with major help from two of the Republican Party's most proficient donors, Houston home builder Bob Perry and San Antonio businessman James Leininger.
He has said he opposes more legalized gambling, such as casinos or video lottery terminals at racetracks. He said in an Austin American-Statesman debate Tuesday that he had "refused to accept any contributions from the advocates for gaming."
But his contribution reports filed this week with the state show that several lobbyists who have given him money have pro-gaming clients. Mike Toomey, who gave him $1,000, represents the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, and Christopher Shields, who gave him $250, represents the Texas Gaming Association. Kent Hance, who represents the Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp., gave him $1,000.
"There are political action committees and groups that are advocating for gaming, and I have not accepted money from any of them," Bentzin said Wednesday. "There are lobbyists that represent a variety of interests. I have never had a discussion with any lobbyist about gaming interests and when asked about gaming from others I have said consistently that I am opposed to video lottery terminals, I am opposed to casino gambling."
Here's a list of both candidates noteworthy donors:
•Bob Perry, home builder, $50,000
•Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, $36,000
•James Leininger, businessman, $20,000
•Michael Dell, founder, Dell. Inc. $5,000
•Charles Butt, grocer, $10,000
•Annie's List PAC, $10,000
•Don Henley, musician, and his wife, $10,000
•Texas State Teachers Association PAC, $6,000