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Texas State Senators gifting each other with campaign contributions

 
The arrogance and omnipotence displayed by Texas State Senators as they cheerfully go about abusing their campaign contributors by purchasing gifts for each other is truly astounding.
 
As you’ll see, this outrageous hosing of contributors is in many instances an Olympian Sport. It is also an Equal Opportunity Sport in that officeholders of both parties are cheerful competitors.
 
Does anyone actually believe that any of these Senators gave advance notice to his/her contributors that they intended to use their contributions to purchase gifts for fellow senators?
 
Deep pocket contributors such as Bob “The Builder” Perry probably doesn’t much give a damn what these folks do with his contributions. I suspect that those who contributed $100 or less would demand a rebate upon learning how their contributions were spent. Towards that end, I will include the number of folks who made contributions of $100.
 
For ease of reference, Senators will be listed in alphabetical order. Included at the end are former Senators William Ratliff, Eliot Shapleigh and Carlos Truan.
 
Birdwell, Brian D. – 22nd Senate – Waco
Zero Gifts to Colleagues
 
Carona, John – 16th Senate District – Dallas
Culwell & Son,
$ 1,553.39
7/06/2007
End Of Session Gifts For Escort
Committee (pres Pro Tempure)
Hermes,
$ 1,098.74
1/02/2007
Holiday Colleague Gifts
Steel's Fudge Inc,
$ 1,059.15
2/02/2007
Colleague Gifts
Neiman Marcus,
$ 1,694.12
1/22/2005
Colleague Gift (one gift)
Neiman Marcus,
$ 717.76
1/20/2005
Colleague Gifts
Tiffany & Company
$ 974.28
4/27/2005
Colleague Gifts
Russell's Bakery,
$ 714.00
12/06/2004
Colleague Gifts
Wine.com / Evineyard,
$ 609.50
1/19/2004
Colleague Gifts
Baccarat,
$ 952.60
2/23/2004
Colleague Gifts
Bachendorf's Jewelry,
$ 1,428.90
12/29/2003
Colleague Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 1,299.00
9/11/2003
Colleague Gift
Brookstone,
$ 783.11
6/22/2001
Gifts For Senators
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 514.19
5/21/2001
Legislator Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 1,299.00
4/17/2001
Legislators Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 838.94
4/17/2001
Legislators Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 514.19
1/29/2001
Gift For Legislators
Brookstone,
$ 783.11
6/22/2001
Gifts For Senators
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 514.19
5/21/2001
Legislator Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 1,299.00
4/17/2001
Legislators Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 838.94
4/17/2001
Legislators Gifts
C Kirk Root Designs,
$ 514.19
1/29/2001
Gift For Legislators
Rewards,
$ 668.31
6/22/2001
Committee Chair Gift
$51,700 = total contributions 

 

Davis, Wendy – 10th Senate District – Fort Worth
Cook Children's,
$ 531.45
11/03/2011
Gifts For Senators
Bliss Companies Inc.,
$ 1,292.86
12/17/2010
Gifts For Other Senators Lt. Governor
And Secretary Of The Senate
Pepper-l Specialties,
$ 2,266.64
6/10/2009
Gifts For Members
$92,600 = total contributions 
 
Deuell, Bob – 2nd Senate District – Greenville
Tommy's Drum Shop,
$ 855.18
5/19/2009
Gifts For Senators
Paradise Pen,
$ 1,751.49
5/10/2007
Committee Gift For Chairman
Lone Star,
$ 1,485.00
5/30/2003
Gifts For Senate
$18,900 = total contributions 
 
Duncan, Robert – 28th Senate District – Lubbock
Judy & Co.,
$ 660.48
6/20/2005
State Affairs Committee Gifts
Legend Jewelers,
$ 513.11
10/23/2002
Gift For Senator Rob Junell And Senator
Jeff Wentworth
$38,700 = total contributions 
 
Ellis, Rodney – 13th Senate District - Houston
Gassane Tailors,
$ 811.88
6/11/2007
Gift For Committee Members
A-cut-above Engravers,
$ 619.00
6/14/2001
Etching Gift Bowls Committee Members
American Express,
$ 626.08
6/01/2005
Republican Caucus Dinner Gifts Senators
Eltife, Kevin P.
$ 1,013.36
2/16/2007
Gifts For Senators
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,181.01
5/05/2009
Gifts For Staff Senators
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 888.86
5/29/2009
Gifts For Staff Senators
Seliger, Kel
$ 667.60
9/24/2007
Reimburse For Senators Gifts
State Gift Shop,
$ 844.35
5/10/2007
Gifts For State Senators
$27,400 = total contributions 

 

Eltife, Kevin – 1st Senate – Tyler
Eltife, Kevin P.
$ 1,013.36
2/16/2007
Gifts For Senators
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,181.01
5/05/2009
Gifts For Staff Senators
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 888.86
5/29/2009
Gifts For Staff Senators
Seliger, Kel
$ 667.60
9/24/2007
Reimburse For Senators Gifts
State Gift Shop,
$ 844.35
5/10/2007
Gifts For State Senators
$30,200 = total contributions
 
Estes, Craig – 30th Senate – Wichita Falls
Badlands Design & Production,
$ 1,165.00
4/02/2009
Desc:legislative Colleague Gifts
Nordstrom,
$ 927.19
9/26/2005
Legislative Colleague Gifts
Rewards,
$ 2,884.86
5/07/2009
Desc:legislative Colleague Gifts
William Barry Apparel,
$ 646.80
1/05/2006
Legislative Colleague Gift
William Barry Apparel,
$ 646.79
2/23/2006
Legislative Colleague Gift
$101,400 = total contributions 
 
Fraser, Troy – 24th Sen. – Horseshoe Bay
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,299.00
5/29/2009
End Of Session Gifts For B&C Committee Members
Rewards,
$ 584.55
5/21/2001
Senate Committee Gifts
$18,900 = total contributions 
 
Harris, Chris – 9th Senate - Arlington
Silver Horse,
$ 2,800.00
7/20/2011
End Of Session Gifts
Sam Moons,
$ 4,984.72
5/27/2011
End Of Session Gifts
Apple Retail Store,
$ 982.91
4/26/2011
Committee Gift
Classic World Imports,
$ 530.43
5/10/2011
End Of Session Senate Gifts
Frank, Jim
$ 784.81
5/08/2009
Legislative Gifts
Frank, Jim
$ 1,082.50
5/07/2009
Legislative Gifts
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 3,474.83
5/28/2009
Legislative Gifts
Collazo, Teri
$ 2,395.44
5/24/2007
Legislative Gifts
Cowboy Junction,
$ 1,085.00
5/25/2007
Senate Gifts
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 853.01
5/25/2007
Senate Gifts
King Ranch Saddle Shop,
$ 2,170.41
5/17/2005
End Of Session Gifts For Staff
And Committee Members
King Ranch Saddle Shop,
$ 1,833.76
5/21/2005
End Of Session Gifts For Staff
And Committee Members
Rewards,
$ 2,706.25
4/24/2003
Senator Lucio's Governor For A Day Gift
X-clusive Bronze,
$ 5,325.00
5/06/2003
End Of Session Gifts
X-clusive Bronze,
$ 4,120.00
5/07/2003
End Of Session Gifts
Michael A Moore Woodworks,
$ 4,500.00
5/16/2001
45 Wooden Boxes (gifts To Fellow
Legislators & Staff) Appreciation Gifts
Morris & Sons,
$ 2,500.00
5/09/2001
Gift Certificate For Chairman Ellis Gift
$19,800 = total contributions 

 

Hegar, Glenn A. – 18th Senate – Katy
Kroger,
$ 1,197.60
11/28/2011
Staff And Senate Christmas Party Gift Cards
Enterprise Bank,
$ 1,035.00
12/03/2010
Gift Cards For Senate Christmas Party And Staff
Walmart,
$ 948.96
12/02/2009
Gifts Expense; Senate & Staff Gift Cards For Christmas
$44,100 = total contributions 
 
Hinojosa, Juan – 20th Senate – McAllen
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,602.10
5/30/2011
Gifts For Senators/staff
Lopez, Elvia
$ 750.00
9/10/2001
Reimburse Committee Gifts
Cabela's,
$ 771.40
5/30/2009
Gift For Senator Ogden
Rewards,
$ 620.64
5/16/2005
79th Regular Session Gift For
Chairman Administration Committee
$33,500 = total contributions 
 
Huffman, Joan – 17th Senate – Houston
Deaner & Associates,
$ 3,221.50
11/23/2010
Officeholder Gifts For Other Senators
$11,300 = total contributions 
 
Jackson, Mike – 11th Senate – Pearland
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,212.40
1/10/2011
Session Gifts For Members
King Ranch,
$ 584.93
5/05/2005
Committee Gifts Expense
Jems Jewelry,
$ 543.96
5/14/2001
End Of Session Committee Gifts Expense
The Menagerie Ii Inc.,
$ 534.30
6/11/2001
Committee Gifts
$25,900 = total contributions 
 
Lucio, Eddie, Jr. – 27th Senate – Brownsville
King Ranch Saddle Shop,
$ 2,452.98
5/21/2009
End Of Session Gifts For Senate
Members And Committee Chairs
Golfsmith International Lp,
$ 1,400.38
5/20/2009
End Of Session Committee Gifts
For Staff And Members.
King Ranch Saddle Shop,
$ 2,696.16
6/15/2009
End Of Session Gifts For Senate
Committee Members (Back Ordered)
Texas Correctional Industries,
$ 2,474.69
5/25/2005
Committee Gifts For International
Relations
Trade Members
The Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 3,132.98
9/28/2005
Pay't On Acct.: End Of Special Session
Gifts For Staff And Members
T. Shipley Co.,
$ 903.45
5/12/2005
End Of Session Gifts For Committee Staff
Rosales, Stephen
$ 584.55
12/19/2002
Reimbursement For Christmas Gifts
For Legislators.
Servitur Garcia Sa De Cv,
$ 430.35
7/18/2002
Dinner And Gifts For Border Affairs
Committee Members
Sears Roebuck - Au,
$ 476.16
2/27/2001
Gift For Border Affairs Committee
Director Treadmill
King Ranch Saddle Shop,
$ 2,987.69
5/23/2001
End Of Session Gifts For Committee
Members And Staff
Sound Back Pack Inc.,
$ 732.01
12/19/2000
Balance Due On 31- Sound Back Packs
With Senate Seal Gifts For Senators
$9,300 = total contributions from 2002 to 2010
 
Nelson, Jane – 12th Senate - Grapevine
Last Call,
$ 539.09
11/17/2010
Christmas Gifts For Members
Bisque Bistro,
$ 535.84
2/13/2009
Gifts For Members
Last Call, Austin
$ 518.28
9/05/2008
Gifts For Senators
Capital Gift Shop,
$ 941.78
5/04/2007
Committee Gifts
Sam's Warehouse,
$ 556.18
12/06/2006
Gifts For Members
$152,900 = total contributions from 2001 to 2011
 
Nichols, Robert Lee – Jacksonville
Tdcj,
$ 2,738.73
1/12/2011
Officeholder After Session Gifts
$72,900 = total contributions from 2001 to 2011
 
Ogden, Stephen – 5th Senate – Bryan
David Gardner's Jewelers,
$ 3,680.50
9/21/2011
Gift For Retiring Staff Member
Tiffany & Company,
$ 3,274.61
5/16/2005
Senate Finance Committee Gifts
$5,800 = total contributions 
 
Patrick, Dan – 7th Senate – Houston
Zero gifts over $400 for Senate Colleagues
$78,600 = 786 contributions of $100 from 2001 to 2011
 
Seliger, Kelton – 31st Senate – Amarillo
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,060.85
5/21/2009
Legislative Gifts
Susie's South Forty Confections,
$ 976.53
11/30/2009
Gifts For Legislators
Susie's South Forty Confections,
$ 842.83
1/19/2007
Gifts For Legislative Members
$82,900 = total contributions 
 
Shapiro, Florence – 8th Senate – Plano
Zero gifts over $400 for Senate Colleagues
$43,900 = 439 contributions of $100 from 2001 to 2011
 
Uresti, Carlos – 19th Senate – San Antonio
Campos, Elizabeth
$ 5,700.00
5/30/2009
Reimbursement For End Of Session Gifts
For Senators + Contract Labor
$31,000 = total contributions 
 
Van de Putte, Leticia – 26th Senate – San Antonio
Caprice Productions Inc.,
$ 1,585.55
12/30/2008
Christmas Gift Garment Bags Senate Members
Kink Ranch Saddle Shop Inc,
$ 750.00
3/05/2007
Vami Members Gifts
B & L Orchards,
$ 600.00
11/28/2005
Pecan Gifts For Senators.
Grimley, Satch
$ 800.00
5/17/2005
Veteran Affairs Military Installations Member Gifts
La Monita,
$ 605.11
12/15/2003
Tamales Gifts For Senate
La Monita,
$ 614.97
12/13/2001
Senate Gifts
$45,800 = total contributions 
 
Watson, Kirk P. – 14th Senate - Austin
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 2,435.63
5/25/2009
Officeholder Gifts
$173,300 = total contributions 
 
Wentworth, Jeffrey – 25th Senate – San Antonio
Wildgoose Manufacturing,
$ 733.57
7/08/2011
End-of-session Gifts For Senators
Neiman Marcus,
$ 570.91
8/22/2009
Gifts From Last Call Slc Executive Committee
John Borin Inc.,
$ 969.38
5/04/2007
Gifts For Jurisprudence Committee Members
John Borin Fine Clocks,
$ 1,004.56
5/14/2001
Gifts For Committee Members
Fiesta San Antonio Comm
$ 907.41
3/14/2001
Gifts For Senators
$48,000 = total contributions 
 
West, Royce – 23rd Senate - Dallas
Capital Visitor Center Gift Shop,
$ 1,107.40
5/28/2005
Gifts For Senators
$75,500 = total contributions 
 
Whitmire, John – 15th Senate – Houston
Mont Blanc,
$ 2,622.36
5/22/2007
Committee Gifts
James Reid Ltd,
$ 1,150.00
5/24/2007
Lt Gov Gift
Ml Leddy Sports Apparel,
$ 1,152.87
5/24/2005
Senate Gift- Lt Gov
Bag N' Baggage,
$ 1,290.53
5/27/2003
Committee Gifts
Eastham Cleaning Fund,
$ 1,073.00
5/29/2003
Lt Gov Gift
$36,100 = total contributions
 
Williams, Tommy – 4th Senate – The Woodlands
Lone Star Legacies,
$ 1,039.20
5/14/2009
Committee Gifts
$96,900 = total contributions  
 
Zaffirini, Judith – 21st Senate – Laredo
Corporate Traditions,
$ 695.57
1/21/2009
Legislative Gifts
Capitol Gift Shop,
$ 771.29
2/20/2009
Legislative Gifts
Capitol Gift Shop,
$ 1,738.93
1/05/2007
Legislative Gifts
Foster's,
$ 518.52
3/03/2006
Legislative Gifts
Foster's,
$ 629.91
2/07/2006
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 1,481.94
5/11/2005
Legislative Gifts
Capitol Gift Shop - Austin,
$ 2,218.95
9/06/2005
Legislative Gifts
Foster's,
$ 597.27
8/20/2005
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 697.13
10/10/2005
Legislative Gifts
Capitol Gift Shop - Austin,
$ 2,112.17
12/02/2004
Legislative Gifts
Capitol Gift Shop - Austin,
$ 1,880.95
4/22/2004
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 878.99
4/29/2003
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 522.31
7/30/2002
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 509.86
9/19/2002
Legislative Gifts
Capitol Complex Bookstore,
$ 1,008.89
4/06/2001
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 503.36
4/06/2001
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 644.09
5/16/2001
Legislative Gifts
Gem Jewelry Co.,
$ 968.84
3/31/2000
Legislative Gifts
$79,000 total contributions

 

 

Former State Senators

 

 
Ratliff, William R. – 1st Senate – Tyler
Rewards,
$ 3,409.88
12/30/2002
Christmas Gifts - Senators
Joe Koen & Son Jewelers,
$ 3,322.19
10/22/2001
Christmas Gifts For Senators
Rewards,
$ 5,872.56
5/28/2001
Gifts For Senators
Waterford Wedgwood Store,
$ 4,801.10
12/18/2001
Christmas Gifts For Senators
$17,000 =  total contributions
 
Shapleigh, Eliot G. – 29th Senate – El Paso
El Paso Chile Company,
$ 1,755.00
1/01/2001
Gift Baskets For Senators Representatives
Mingos Boot Co,
$ 920.13
5/23/2003
Gift For Senators
Mingos Boot Co,
$ 920.12
5/22/2007
Gifts For Senators On Brac Subcommittee
Mingos Boot Co,
$ 1,244.88
5/12/2005
Gifts For Senators
Texas Senate,
$ 1,923.00
9/26/2001
Senate Chair/gift For Steve Adler
Coach Store #3107,
$ 430.84
5/15/2001
Gift For Senator Traun
$75,300  =  total contributions
 
Truan, Carlos – 20th Senate – McAllen
Laborde, Blanca
$ 864.92
5/16/2001
Reim Gift Sen. Shapiro Chair Of State Affairs
Pointer, R.k.
$ 440.55
5/16/2001
Reimbursement For Vami Committee Gifts
$5,100 = total contributions 
 
 

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