The first campaign report of the Protect Houston PAC is out, and now voters can really see who’s bankrolling the fight against fair pay for Houston firefighters.
The Protect Houston PAC claims it’s a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats, business and labor leaders, community groups and police and fire chiefs.
The PAC raised $60,000 so far, just a few weeks before early voting. You know how many contributions they got?
Mayor Turner’s political campaign raised nearly half the money, just a little more than $25,000 for advertising and stuff.
The only other contribution, the Houston Police Officers Union. $35,000.
“The police have gotten huge raises and their union clearly want to cheat firefighters because they like it the way it is,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston based Dolcefino Consulting. “What’s wrong with first responders being treated the same way. Why do the cops hate the firefighters so much? They ought to be on the front lines helping them?”
Sue Davis, a spokesman for Protect Houston PAC is the Mayor’s campaign press spokesman. Grant Martin, a California media advisor is paid for campaign advice.
The campaign reports also show a big payment to a California polling firm.
“This first campaign report exposes Protect Houston for what it is,” says Dolcefino. “This isn’t some independent group protecting Houston. These are cops and the Mayor protecting themselves.”ProtectHoustonPAC
Mayor Turner is making the rounds telling folks to cheat Houston Fire Fighters out of equal pay with police, even though they both save lives, because its “Bad for Houstonians.” The Mayors’ campaign staff is even starting up a new Political Action Committee called Protect Houston, trying to make us think that cheating firefighters out of the pay they deserve somehow protects us.
So, the Mayor’s cronies tell us Protect Houston is a “… A bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats, business and labor leaders, community groups and police and fire chiefs.”
Funny, when you dig around on their new website their never name names. Why not? We call on them to disclose whose ponying up the money. Wonder how many get city contracts from sly?
We did notice Protect Houston already has a treasurer. His name is Neil Thomas, a high-priced lawyer at Norton Fulbright who shockingly makes his money on city bond deals.
There are two other groups raising money for the let’s keep the firefighters in their place campaign. One is Bob Harvey, run by the President of the Greater Houston Partnership, AKA, the big money guys, and another group called “Keep Houston Strong,” look who their treasurer is, Barry Barnes, of Barnes and Turner. That’s right he’s the Mayor law partner.
He is also part of a proposed 27-million-dollar housing contract. Maybe that can wait in exchange for more money for firefighters, huh Sly.