A local judge and a state representative were the only two that turned in their semi-annual campaign finance reports by the deadline of Jan. 15.
The reports are the responsibility of all elected officials whether they were unopposed or not in the primary and general elections of 2008.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Juan Rodriguez Jr. turned in his semi-annual report, covering the dates of July 15 to Dec. 31, 2008. Rodriguez ran against Guadalupe Martinez in the primary election, which then led to a recount, followed by a court ordered special election last summer, in which Rodriguez was elected.
Rodriguez had a total of political contributions in the amount of $1,000, which included $1,000 from Berta G. Rodriguez and an in-kind contribution by Newell Atkinson III in the form of advertisements in the Alice Echo News-Journal. Rodriguez does not list an amount for the in-kind contribution.
As far as political expenditures, Rodriguez spent $1,000 on Snyder and Torres Attorneys at Law from San Antonio, $250 on radio advertisement with Claro Communications, an unknown sum on political advertisement with the Alice Echo News-Journal through an in-kind contribution and $300 on canvassing, which Rodriguez did not itemize in the report, but instead wrote “not applicable.”
At the end of the year, the total principal amount of all outstanding loans was $880, Rodriguez’s report stated.
State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles also submitted a semi-annual campaign finance report. She ran unopposed for her state seat in District 35.
From July 1 to Dec. 31, 2008, Gonzalez Toureilles had $192.21 in political contributions of $50 or less. Her total political contributions came to $47,523.
During this period, ACT Blue gave $57.60. Jacqueline Anderson, John Hurd and Gary Cloud each gave $200. TexPAC gave an in-kind contribution of $24.07 and a political contribution of $250.
Those who gave political contributions of $250 during this reporting period included CLEAT PAC, HomePac of Texas, HS Law PAC, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP PAC, Texas AFT-COPE Fund, Texas Hospital Association PAC, Texas Independent Insurance Agents PAC, Texas Land Title Association PAC, Texas State Rifle Association PAC, Texas Towing & Storage Association PAC, Verizon Good Government Club PAC, Shane Woodard, Billy Phenix, Dan Shelley and Gardere Wynn Sewell.
American Pharmacy Inc., PAC, Texas AFL-CIO COPE, Texas Credit Union League PAC and CWA-COPE PCC each gave $300. Walter Mayfield contributed $400. Joe Garcia made an in-kind contribution of $549.15 and a political contribution of $500.
Other contributors at the $500 level included Abbott Laboratories Employee PAC, Apache Corp., PAC, Atmos Energy PAC, Beer Alliance of Texas PAC, Chesapeake Energy For Texans PAC, Devon Energy Corp., PAC, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, North American Coal PAC Solvay Pharmaceuticals PAC, Spectra Energy Corp. PAC, Texas Architects Committee, Texas Association of Defense Counsel PAC, Texas DENPAC, Texas Employee PAC of TXU, Texas Manufactured Housing Association, Texas Podiatric Medical Association PAC, Texas Trial Lawyers Association PAC, Tex-Pipe PAC, TSTA, United Transportation Union PAC, Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC, Raymond Welder III and Anadarko Petroleum.
Carl Felbaum and Friends of the University PAC each contributed $750 to Gonzalez Toureilles’ campaign. At the $1,000 level, contributors included Conoco Phillips Spirit PAC, International Power America, Inc., PAC, Texans for Economic Development PAC, Jackson Walker, LLP PAC, Texas Alliance Oil & Gas PAC, Texas Automobile Dealers Association, Texas Consumer Finance Association PAC, Texas Energy Associations PAC, Texas Optometric PAC, Anthony Lamantia and Hillco PAC.
Verna Peisen, Valero PAC and TrePAC each contributed $1,500 to the campaign. American Electric Power Company PAC and Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives PAC each gave $2,000, while Robert E. and Gordon R. Johnson contributed $2,500 to the campaign.
The largest single contributor during the reporting period was Border Health PAC, which gave $5,000 to Gonzalez Toureilles’ campaign.
In expenditures of $50 or less, Gonzalez Toureilles spent $349.77. Her total political expenditures for the second half of 2008 totaled $16,338. Much of that total was spent on fuel costs, but included other expense items such as electric costs for her local state representative office and office supplies.
Among some of her expenditures, Gonzalez Toureilles also made several donations to area churches. St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove received $42 for plate tickets, True Life Baptist Church received a donation of $100. St. Joseph Catholic Church received $86 in donations according to the report, and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and school received $330 in donations and $352 in meal/fundraising ticket purchases.
Gonzalez Toureilles also spent $500 on a Christmas ad this year. The representative also purchased $492.54 in signs from Macareno’s Signs. Gonzalez Toureilles purchased a plane banner for $1,000 from Tim Fitch Banners. She also purchased $1,326 in supplies from the Capitol’s gift shop.
Gonzalez Toureilles also paid Christmas bonuses to her staff. Kristen Neal received $1,000, Sandy Garcia received $1,000 and Nelson Salinas received $1,150.
Campaign donations were made, according to her listed expenditures, to Diana Maldonado of Round Rock for $200, Judge Jose Longoria of Corpus Christi received $250, Robert De La Garza of Goliad received $100 and David Caballero of Jourdanton received a campaign donation of $200.
The total amount of contributions maintained as of the last day of the reporting period on Jan. 15 was $30,382.