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LSP research reveals Republican Kim Brimer paid himself over $37,000 in phony campaign loan “repayments”

Campaign finance records show that Republican State Senator Kim Brimer (SD10 – Fort Worth) has again used campaign contributor funds for personal gain.

East Texas Federal Court will hear challenge to flawed Texas law

For more than two years, the Lone Star Project has detailed how Texas Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott uses his official office to market and carry out a phony “epidemic of voter fraud” initiative. (Source: Abbott column, March 1, 2006).

  • Coverage for 200,000 Texas children – No
  • Coverage for low paid State Employees – No
  • Coverage for highly paid Austin lobbyists – Yes
Speaker approved special health care bill to cover well-paid daughter

Embattled Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick is cynically encouraging critical news reports and investigations about Members of the Legislature who compensate some employees by making health care coverage available to them.

Brimer keeps the cash, while newspaper shrugs

Two weeks ago, the Lone Star Project documented how Republican State Senator Kim Brimer has exploited a loophole in Texas ethics law by using campaign money to purchase and later sell a luxury condominium in Austin, Texas.  The scheme netted Brimer and his family more than $350,000.

Cornyn and Sessions flunk early tests as campaign chairs

Both Representative Pete Sessions (R-32) and Senator John Cornyn are having a terrible week as chairmen of their respective campaign committees. A few days ago, National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) Chairman Sessions was dealt a serious blow when the Republican candidate for a special election in New York conceded defeat even after the NRCC invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Republican leaning seat. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) may have trumped Sessions today, as he lost a member of the Republican caucus when Arlen Specter left the Republican Party. Cornyn, who had recently endorsed Specter for the 2010 election, will likely be stuck trying to unseat the incumbent Democratic Specter with an extreme right-wing candidate (Source: The Hill, April 14, 2009).

Files bogus ballot challenge to deny voters a choice in SD10

Kim Brimer didn’t waste any time finding the low road in his campaign against popular mainstream Democratic opponent Wendy Davis.

Lone Star Project supported legal claim details lies and defamation in GOP vote suppression scheme

A 2006 cynical smear campaign and voter suppression scheme orchestrated by Republican State House Representative Tony Goolsby (HD102, Dallas), along with Dallas County Republican Party Chair Kenn George and a Dallas GOP consultant, may have backfired.

John Cornyn Shamelessly Exploiting Our Troops

Last week, John Cornyn cynically demonstrated that he cares a lot more about campaign cash than defending our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Cornyn exposed the real purpose for his red hot rhetoric surrounding the Moveon.org ad in a recent email asking for donations to his campaign in

Lone Star Project poll and research show Kim Brimer unknown, vulnerable

A recent Lone Star Project poll reveals that Republican State Senator Kim Brimer has squandered almost 20 years in public office to remain largely unknown in his own backyard.

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