Thursday, February 23, 2006

Some Old News

Somebody gave me a reference to this article and I looked it up. It started me thinking, if you can raise money without being in a race, perhaps I ought to start fundraising. I have no hope of winning an office. I'm just not as smooth as some of the candidates. But if I start a campaign fund and run for offices, knowing I won't win, then I'd have the benefit of an office to work in and the excuse to throw barbecues to raise more money. Should I? Naah.

This is from the Rio Grande Guardian. Run a search of "Sylvia Handy"
Though not on ballot, funds pour into Handy's campaign

WESLACO - Hidalgo County Commissioner Sylvia Handy does not have an opponent in the upcoming election. In fact, she is not on the ballot. However, that did not stop campaign contributors giving her $83,500 during the last reporting period.

Handy’s campaign finance report shows the Weslaco commissioner spent $33,475 during the July 1 to Dec. 31, 2005, period. During the same period she received $83,500 in campaign contributions.

During the first six months of 2005, Handy reported campaign contributions totaling $6,870. She has an outstanding loan of $100,000.

As the Guardian reported at the time, Handy held a meeting at Tony Roma’s restaurant in McAllen on Dec. 15, 2005, to discuss the coordination of campaign activities by a slate of countywide candidates in the eastern part of the county...

...according to unnamed sources at the meeting, Handy asked each candidate to contribute $10,000 towards her Get out the Vote effort in Precinct 1. Handy would not confirm this to the Guardian and did not return calls about her most recent campaign finance report.

...Of the $83,500 collected over the past six months, $21,500 came on or after Dec. 15, Handy’s campaign finance report shows...

I took out the names of who attended the Tony Roma's meeting and who contributed. You can probably look up campaign finance reports for the latter.

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