One of the Republican candidates in the race to replace Randy Neugebauer as U.S. Representative in the 19th Congressional District of Texas has a history of making political donations to political action committees (PACs) that made contributions to Wendy Davis and other Democrat candidates.
Records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Texas Ethics Commission show that candidate Greg Garrett donated money to PACS that supported Democrat candidates. Those PAC’s include donations to the Texas Association of Realtors PAC and the Independent Bankers Association PAC.
During a period beginning in 2001 and running through 2010, Garrett made at least thirteen donations totaling $2,663 to the Texas Association of Realtors PAC. During that period, the PAC made donations totaling over $2 million to candidates including Democrats Wendy Davis, Dawna Dukes, Yvonne Davis, Rodney Ellis, Juaquin Castro, Rafael Anchia, Carol Alvarado, Jessica Farrar, Eddie Lucio, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Joe Pickett, Ron Reynolds, Senfronia Thompson, Sylvester Turner, Carlos Uresti, Leticia Van de Putte, John Whitmire, Judith Zaffirini and many others.
Additionally, from 2008 to 2014, Garrett donated $745 to the Independent Bankers Association of Texas PAC. During that period the PAC donated nearly $87K to a similar list of candidates.
Individually, Garrett does not appear to have donated to Democrat candidates. His direct contributions to Republicans included contributions to both Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Texans for Dan Patrick during the 2014 Lt. Governor’s race. He also donated to other local candidates.
The donations to the PACs that supported Democrat candidates totaled nearly 40 percent of Garrett’s total political contributions. Garrett worked in the real estate and banking industries.
Breitbart Texas reached out to Garrett’s campaign office to ask why he would support organizations that are making such large contributions to Democrat candidates. No response has been received as of publication time.
In September, 2008, Garrett was interviewed by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about then President George W. Bush’s plans to bail out financial institutions that were in serious financial trouble at the end of the Bush Administration. At the time, Garrett, president and CEO of Platinum Bank in Lubbock said that Bush’s plan to spend $700 million to bail out the troubled financial institutions may be the only sensible solution to a complex problem, Joshua Hull with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.
“I don’t like the thought that the government is going to spend $700 billion of the taxpayers’ money, but I think it’s necessary,” Garrett told Hull. “I think it’s also necessary that we do what we can to build the confidence of the nation in the economy.”
Garrett continued, stating that the Wall Street issue must be resolved to ensure the financial security of the nation.
Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.