Editor’s Note: This is the second of a series of financial reports for races in the March 6 Primary Election.
District 9 State Representative Chris Paddie is gaining strong support in his bid for re-election in the March 6 Primary race against challenger and former Marshall city commissioner Garrett Boersma, according to online campaign financial reports that were recently filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.
All candidates are required by the Texas Election Code to turn in a contribution and expenditure report. There are four financial reporting periods with one of the reports due 30 days before the election and one due eight days before the election. This was the first of the four main reports due. Candidates had until Jan. 16 to file the initial report. Paddie’s contributions are filed under the "Texans for Chris Paddie PAC (Political Action Committee)".
According to Paddie’s report, the incumbent raked in a total of $164,081.35, for the period covering July 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017. His total political expenditures are $266,673.76. Approximately $1,412.12 of that are expenditures of $100 or less. Paddie has $130,118.70 of cash on hand. A total of $23,006.80 in expenditures was made by credit card.
Boersma, who began raising funds a couple of months behind Paddie, received a total of $36,344.80 for the period covering Sept. 26, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017. Boersma received $584 worth of political contributions of $50 or less. He’s spent $16,978.17. Approximately $94.55 of that are expenditures of $100 or less. His total amount of contributions maintained as of the last day of the reporting period is $39,780.91. The principal amount of all outstanding loans is $20,352.52. The money was loaned from Boersma, a self-employed business owner’s, personal funds.
Texans for Chris Paddie
The top contributors reported by the Texas for Chris Paddie PAC are: TRE PAC/Texas Association of Realtors PAC (Austin) with $15,000 and Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (Austin) with $7,500.
AT&T Texas PAC (Austin), Rural Friends of Texas Electric Cooperatives (Austin), and Texas Optometric PAC (Austin) all gave $5,000. High Roller Well Services, of Center, employees Dustin Bailey, Luke Garrett and Ryan Mackey gave $3,500 apiece.
Those that gave $2,500 were: Ray Hunt of Hunt Consolidated (Dallas), John C. Martin of R&K Distributors (Longview), Marshall Ford Lincoln’s co-owner Tandi Moore, Master Woodcraft CEO Gene Ponder (Marshall), Texas Employee Political Action Committee of Luminant Holding (Dallas), Texas Land title Association PAC (Austin), and United Services Automobile Association Employee PAC (San Antonio).
Those that donated $2,000 were: Atmos Energy PAC (Dallas), Black Ridge Consulting LLP (Austin), KOCH PAC (Washington, DC), Public Blueprint LLC (Austin), Union Pacific Corp Fund for Effective Government (Washington, DC), and Winstead PC PAC (Dallas).
The $1,500 contributors were: American Electric Power Company Texas Committee for Responsible Government (Austin), BP North American Employees PAC (Houston), Davis Chemical Services LLC (Marshall), ONCOR Texas PAC (Dallas), and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. PAC (Bentonville, Arkansas). Texas Apartment Association PAC (Austin) gave $1,250.
Those making $1,000 contributions were: Marshall accountant Carey Abney, Absolute Concierge Health Care LLC (Marshall), Allen Boone Humphires Robinson LLP (Houston), CenterPoint Energy Inc. PAC (Houston), Austin consultant Robert D. Culley, Eli Lilly and Company PAC (Indianapolis), General Motors Company PAC (Washington, DC), Jackson Walker LLP PAC (Austin), John Otto Campaign Account (Dayton), Casey Johnson (Longview), Kevin Eltife Campaign (Tyler), Longbow Consulting Partners LLC (Austin), Longbow Consulting Partners LLC (Austin), Mark Malone (Austin), Manufacturers PAC of Texas (Austin), Linsey Miller with Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) in Austin, Raytheon Company PAC (Arlington, Virginia), JR Redding of Redding Construction (Beckville), Clyde Shannon (Round Mountain), Carthage attorney Robert Sherman, Spectra Energy Corp PAC (Houston), Texas AFT Committee on Political Education (Austin), Texas Building Branch-AG PAC (Austin), Texas Funeral Directors Association PAC (Austin), Texas Lobby Group (Austin), Texas Medical Association PAC (Austin), Entergy/Gulf States Utilities Company Employees’ PAC (ENPAC) in Austin, Flatt Partners LTD (Tyler), Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC (Austin), Texas State Association of Firefighters PAC (Austin), The Travelers Companies Inc. PAC (Hartford, Connecticut), Marshall attorney Kurt Truelove, United Parcel Service Inc. PAC (Atlanta, Georgia), and Southern Glazer’s of Texas PAC (Austin).
Those with $500 contributions included: Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor; Marshall’s Patterson Auto Group General Manager Richard Traweek; Marshall Firefighters Association PAC; McWhorter, Smith, Tubb and Henderson (Longview); Brownrigg Insurance Agency president Les Rhoades (Marshall); MISD school board trustee Ted Huffhines; Michael E Smith of Smith Energy Services in Carthage; Michael Verhalen of Verhalen Financial Group (Marshall); and Zeid Women’s Health Center Ltd (Longview); Texas Forestry Association PAC (Lufkin); Beer Alliance of Texas PAC (Austin); Abbot Laboratories Employee PAC (Illinois); Marshall realtor Brad Burris; Corpus Christi Fire Fighters COPE; El Paso Electric Company Employees PAC; Exxon Mobil Corporation PAC of Texas (Irving); General Electric Company PAC (Washington, DC); HOMEPAC of the Texas Association of Builders (Austin); Independent Bankers Association of Texas PAC (Austin); and Carthage attorney Mike Parker. Congress Ventures LLC and Focused Advocacy PAC, both of Austin gave $750 each.
Some local and area supporters included Panola College president Dr. Gregory Powell with $250, Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool with $100, Carthage veterinarian Dr. Wayne Kyle with $350, Carthage ISD superintendent Glenn Hambrick with $100, Carthage insurance agent Patsy Meck with $250, Cargill Properties with $250, local attorney Casey Carlile with $250, Penny Carlile with $250, Longview surgeon Dr. John Coppedge with $150, Marshall accountant Kenneth Goolsby with $250, and Carthage vice president of Preferred Sales Agency Mark Roberson with $300.
A bulk of Paddie’s funds were spent on credit card payments for expenses, credit card processing fees for online campaign donations, advertising, postage and airfare for out of district travel to candidate and office holder meetings.
Travel-related fees and expenses made by credit card also included a trip to Canada for Paddie and his wife, Brooke, for an Energy Council meeting in December. In-kind contributions or political expenditures for travel outside of Texas included a trip to Maui, Hawaii, for Paddie and his spouse for an Independent Voter Project Conference in Maui, Hawaii.
Advertising included a credit card payment of $8,513.63 to social media mogul, Facebook, for online campaign advertisements. Austin company Murphy Nasica & Associates was paid $166,640.22 for advertising, consulting and printing expenses.
One of Paddie’s highest expenditures included a total of $10,349.77 in apartment rental fees to Lamar Union Apartments in Austin. Approximately $1,091.16 was charged to a credit card for apartment furnishings. Paddie also paid approximately $9,300 for campaign contract labor. Austin-based Lillie and Company was paid a total of $16,242.60 for campaign fundraising consulting.
Local events supported by Paddie included $2,500 to the Marshall Convention Visitors Bureau for Wonderland of Lights sponsorship, $400 to Marshall Pregnancy Resource Center, $500 to sponsor a Marshall Symphony League event, and a $300 sponsorship for a Martin House Children’s Advocacy event. Paddie’s campaign paid 1,000 to Pinecrest Country Club to sponsor food and beverage for Governor Greg Abbott’s fundraiser event. A total of $5,900 in scholarships was given for the Shelby County 4H/FFA youth. A total of $2,200 was paid by credit to Tratak LLLC for rental expenses for campaign worker housing.
The top contributors supporting Boersma are: Empower Texans PAC with $10,000; Retired Major General Vernon B. Lewis (Karnack) with $5,000; Jim Moyer (Hemphill) with $4,000; Kyle Stallings (Midland), CEO of Desert Royalty Company LLC, with $2,500; former Harrison County judge Wayne McWhorter with $2,500; Sherri Young (Marshall) with $2,000; and Sherrie Arnold, president of Arnold Trucking with $1,500.
Those that gave $500 were: Thomas Bailey (Houston), Lee Lester (Longview), and Marshall landscaper Early T. McWhorter.
Some locals that gave include: Willa Berryman with $250, ETBU’s senior vice president for financial affairs Ned Calvert with $250, Fuzzy Harmon with $250, Ricky Harmon with $200, Doodley Dee’s Farm manager Kevin Schmidt (Karnack) with $250, local insurance agent David Scholl with $100, local attorney and former district judge William Hughey with $100, Mary Jones with $350, retired Marshall ISD administrator Wendell Jones with $350, Jeff Kroyer (Longview) with $250, and retired Marshall attorney Sam Moseley with $125. Boersma also received donations from former Harrison County Chair Wes Brumit City and Marshall commissioners Gail Beil and William "Doc" Halliday. Additionally, John Fox, of Nashville, Tennessee, gave $200.
Expenditures included $1,860 to JPM Strategies Inc. (Rowlett) for website design; a $750 candidate filing fee to the Republican Party of Texas; $3,000 to Ryan Data & Research (Austin) for data and research services; $8,029.99 to Smart Advertising Inc. for signs and stakes; a total of $2,182.16 to the Print Shop for printing of cards, donor envelopes and campaign literature; $186.26 worth of gas for travels; $36.26 to Smart Advertising for badges; $73.72 to The UPS Store for an overnight package shipment, $112 to the US Postal Service for a P.O. box rental; $73.72 to VistaPrint for campaign literature; and credit card payments.