Money Plays: Perry Takes More Gambling Money than Most

by , May 9, 2009 | 7:04 pm

Our non-friends at Texans Against Gambling told their influential members that they needed to combat big-time casino lobbying dollars supposedly pushing HB 222. However, they don’t tell you who received a lot of those gambling-interest dollars, nor that a some of them were being spent to defeat the bill.

By all means, our good poker friends in Oklahoma have contributed their fair share to keep Texans playing in their Indian nations … but frankly, it’s a very small percentage of the $7.6 million spent on gambling-related Texas politicking in 2007-08 — and they’re not exactly being hypocrites about any of it, save for maybe riding the coattails of those who are.

Top Recipients of Oklahoma Tribal Money
Amount
07-’08
  Recipient (Party)
 Tribe
$35,000
 Lt. Governor David Dewhurst(R)  Choctaw
$25,000
 Stars Over Texas PAC(R)  Choctaw
$20,000
 Lt. Governor David Dewhurst(R)  Chickasaw
$15,000
 TX Repub. Legislative Caucus(R)  Chickasaw
$10,000
 Attorney General Greg Abbott(R)  Choctaw
$10,000
 Sen. Kip Averitt(R)  Choctaw
$10,000
 Sen. Kim Brimer(R)*  Choctaw
$10,000
 Rep. Tom Craddick(R)  Chickasaw
$10,000
 Sen. Bob Deuell(R)  Choctaw
$10,000
 Sen. Kevin Eltife(R)  Choctaw
$10,000
 Sen. Chris Harris(R)  Choctaw
$10,000
 House Dem. Campaign Com.(D)  Chickasaw
$10,000
 Sen. Jane Nelson(R)  Choctaw
$10,000
 Sen. Tommy Williams(R)  Choctaw

Click below for an even more interesting look at the Texas pols who taking the most gambling-industry dollars. I wonder how his morality-minded base feels about Gov. Rick Perry coming in at #2, with nearly $800k in gambling-interest love.

 

Politicians Receiving the Most Gambling Money

Amount
(’07 & ’08)
 
 

 Recipient
Party
Office Held
Or Sought
Top Gambling
Contributor
$851,350
 David Dewhurst
R
Lt. Governor
 David Alameel
$793,356
 Rick Perry
R
Governor
 Peter Holt
$225,000
 Joan Huffman
R
S-17
 Robert McNair
$157,800
 Susan Combs
R
Comptroller
 Peter Holt
$155,174
 Greg Abbott
R
Attorney General
 David Alameel
$146,935
 Dan Branch
R
H-108
 Harlan Crow
$80,300
 Elizabeth Ames Jones
R
Railroad Com.
 Peter Holt
$73,250
 Kim Brimer*
R
S-10
 Joe LaMantia
$71,100
 Tom Craddick9
R
H-82
 Peter Holt
$66,650
 Kino Flores
D
H-36
 TED PAC
$60,055
 Doug Miller
R
H-73
 TED PAC
$53,500
 Joseph Moody
D
H-78
 TED PAC
$53,018
 Chris Harris
R
S-9
 Johnson & Johnson
$52,075
 Michael Williams
R
Railroad Com.
 David Alameel
$48,500
 Charlie Geren
R
H-99
 TED PAC
$47,650
 Judith Zaffirini
D
S-21
 Johnson & Johnson/TED PAC
$45,500
 John Carona
R
S-16
 Jack Pratt
$45,250
 Kip Averitt
R
S-22
 Choctaw/Johnson & Johnson/TED
$44,000
 John Whitmire
D
S-15
 TED PAC
$43,000
 Kirk Watson
D
S-14
 TED PAC
$42,750
 Juan Hinojosa
D
S-20
 TED PAC
$42,611
 Carlos Uresti
D
S-19
 Kickapoo/TED PAC
$42,000
 Juan Escobar*
D
H-43
 TED PAC
$40,000
 Jon Cole*
R
H-67
 David Alameel/TED PAC
$40,000
 Pete Gallego
D
H-74
 Joe LaMantia/TED PAC
$38,750
 Jim Dunnam
D
H-57
 Gerald Ford/Joe LaMantia/TED
$38,150
 Jeff Wentworth
R
S-25
 TED PAC
$38,000
 James ‘Mike’ Jackson
R
S-11
 Robert McNair/TED PAC
$37,900
 Trey Martinez Fischer
D
H-116
 Joe LaMantia/TED PAC
$37,200
 Aaron Pena
D
H-40
 TED PAC
$35,101
 Joe Straus III
R
H-121
 George Hixon
$34,500
 Rodney Ellis
D
S-13
 Jack Pratt/TED PAC
$33,851
 Dawnna Dukes
D
H-46
 TED PAC
$33,558
 Bob Romano*
D
H-105
 North Texas Leadership PAC
$32,000
 Chris Turner
D
H-96
 TED PAC
$31,615
 Abel Herrero
D
H-34
 TED PAC
$31,300
 Wendy Davis
D
S-10
 North Texas Leadership PAC
$30,185
 Juan Garcia*
D
H-32
 Anthony LaMantia
$29,500
 Kel G. Seliger
R
S-31
 Joe LaMantia
$29,075
 Wallace Jefferson
R
Supreme Court
 Harlan Crow/Peter Holt
$28,404
 Craig Eiland
D
H-23
 Gerald Ford
$28,250
 Joe Jaworski*
D
S-11
 Trammell Crow
$27,850
 Leticia Van De Putte
D
S-26
 TED PAC
$27,600
 Diana Maldonado
D
H-52
 TED PAC
$27,000
 Kevin Bailey*
D
H-140
 TED PAC
$27,000
 Allen Vaught
D
H-107
 TED PAC
$26,500
 Rene Oliveira
D
H-37
 Jack Pratt
$26,500
 Kirk England
D
H-106
 TED PAC
$25,500
 Tommy Williams
R
S-4
 Choctaw Nation

More details about the gambling politi-cash here.


8 Comments to “Money Plays: Perry Takes More Gambling Money than Most”


  1. Card Chucker
    says:

    I should be a politician instead of a poker player. I bet each time some gaming legislature is coming into the House, another politician collects a bad beat jackpot…too bad the citizens of Texas aren’t sitting at the same table to collect a portion of it.


  2. Johnny Hughes
    says:

    I am willing to wager that these reports are only partial because they do not include the Comanches and the Cherokees. With so many grabbing the Oklahoma money, it is looking a little grim.

    We don’t have Indian casinos in Texas because of: barbed wire, (the Devil’s Rope}, windmills, big ranches, the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Calvary, and Col. Randal MacKensie and nuts like him who spent decades killing Indians. Black Hand Mackensie caught sypliss and died in a New York Mental institution. Figures.


  3. scott diamond
    says:

    This should be in the Houston Chronicle and all the other major newspapers in Texas.

    It is time to start showing everyone what these “Elected” officials truly are, egotistical, hypocritical, pathological Liars!!

    Putting pressure on Indian gaming to help fight against Poker…

    The Guvenator here in california does the same thing with the Indian gaming, only difference here is he supports Poker and On Line Poker and has even said let’s legalize it in CALI so we can get some taxes.


  4. michele
    says:

    im on the stairmaster at the moment so forgive any ignorance but do you have any numbers on louisiana? in 37 years ive been in OK once


  5. DanM
    says:

    i couldn’t find any LA numbers, michele … perhaps because their cash comes through big casino corps, not indian lands?

    i gotta tell you … i understand (pretty much) how “the system” works … but it’s so damn discouraging right now. and in terms of getting the mainstream media to pay attention to it … that’s a little hard when you’re up against political abuse stories like this:

    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?cl=13140642


  6. DanM
    says:

    i also find it interesting (and encouraging) that jose menendez doesn’t make the list of major gambling money recipients.


  7. Michele Lewis
    says:

    I didn’t know that about Jose Menendez but I’m not surprised… he’s a nice guy.
    I know LA sends in a bit but the OK Tribes is more. LA probably spends more on UIGEA.
    Besides, are you really surprised?


  8. jeff
    says:

    I wonder how Peter Holt got on the list . He owns the Spurs and is the largest Caterpillar dealer in Texas.

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