The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back and still keeping secrets about the way they spend charity money.

Dolcefino Consulting filed a criminal complaint against Houston’s sacred cow last summer after the Rodeo refused to turn over key records detailing millions in foreign investments and records detailing how some board members may be financially benefiting from the quarter of a billion-dollar charity.

The Rodeo sued us after we helped a woman who was raped during a Los Vaqueros trail ride event. That lawsuit settled, but our legal fight with the rodeo is stalled in the appeals court, after the rodeo folks didn’t like the rulings of State District Judge Steven Kirkland.

 “The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo acts like a sacred cow that can simply ignore the same law every Texas charity has to live by,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “We know it’s a great party for the city but don’t be fooled. This isn’t a charity. It’s a concert business disguised as a charity benefiting from the volunteer spirit of Houstonians to get rich.”

“If they weren’t hiding anything, the rodeo should have no problem following the Texas charity law and releasing their records,” says Jeff Diamant, Attorney for Dolcefino Consulting in the rodeo fight.

The rodeo’s first event is Saturday, February 23 with the Rodeo Run. The rodeo is set to run until March 17.  It is time for the Texas Appeals Court to send this case back to Judge Kirkland so we can get back to the business of holding the rodeo accountable.

“The rodeo big wigs think they are so rich and powerful they get to play by their own set of rules. They insult Houstonians who pay for their lavish lifestyle. We refuse to be bullied by their arrogance,” says Dolcefino.

The rodeo’s last publicly filed tax returns show they have almost a quarter of a billion dollars in assets.