Dist. 17 Race Heating Up As Nov. 4 Approaches
With less than a month before the Nov. 4 special election to replace District 17 Senator Kyle Janek, campaigns and political action committees are heating up with increased television and radio advertising and videos on the Internet site YouTube.
Republican candidate Grant Harpold has released a new radio advertisement criticizing the government’s “massive bailout” on Wall Street, as well as criticizing his opponents for using PAC money to finance their campaigns.
“In his pledge to remain an independent voice for the families and taxpayers of District 17, all of Harpold’s fundraising and support begin and end in the trenches of the political grassroots of Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers and Jefferson counties,” reads a release from Harpold’s campaign announcing the new radio ad.
Democrat Chris Bell has released a television ad concerning property tax cuts, which his campaign says “highlights Chris Bell’s bi-partisan record in achieving economic results, in this case his role in cutting property taxes while on the Houston City Council.”
The Bell campaign also announced this week that former president Bill Clinton will headline a fundraising event for the campaign Monday, Oct. 13, in Houston.
Best for Texas PAC has released a video on YouTube which shows a screaming child throwing a fit in a grocery store, and comparing the child to Bell’s political career.
“The nature of the race (a special election with six candidates) makes it even more important for voters to cut through the massages to find out the truth behind the candidates vying to be your next State Senator,” was the message the PAC sent out with an e-mail promoting the video.
The Best for Texas general-purpose PAC is housed in the same offices as the Friend of Austen Furse specific-purpose PAC.
As of the 30-day filings, the candidates have reported the following:
Bell reports for the period of July 8 through Sept. 25 total political contributions of $658,428,24, with total expenditures of $201,467.70. Total contributions maintained as of the last day of the reporting period is listed as $457,749.54.
The other Democrat on the ballot, Stephanie Simmons, for the period of Aug. 29 through Sept. 24, reports total contributions of $47,500 with total expenditures of $8,377. Total contributions maintained as of the last day of the filing period are listed as $47,500.
Republican Austen Furse reports no contributions or expenditures for the period of July 1 through Sept. 25. The Friends of Austen Furse PAC, for the same period, reports $145,550 in contributions and $90,469.84 in expenditures. The total principal amount of outstanding loans is $200,000.
Harpold, for the July 1 through Sept. 25 time period, reports total contributions of $44,078, with total expenditures of $40,332.52. Total contributions maintained as of the last day of the filing period are listed as $27,252.08.
Republican candidate Joan Huffman, for the same time period, reported contributions of $97,017, with expenditures of $1,612,813.04. Total contributions maintained are listed as $1,605. The Texans for Joan Huffman specific-purpose PAC reports, for the period of Sept. 23 through Sept. 25, total contributions of $131,001.20 with expenditures of $62,054.61. Total contributions maintained are listed as $876,251.20. The total principal amount of outstanding loans is $750,000.
Republican candidate Ken Sherman, for the period of Aug. 29 through Sept. 24, reported no contributions and $1,250 in expenditures.