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Closer Look at Pct. 3 Contributors

By Lee Nichols, October 22, 2008, 2:11pm, Newsdesk

In the fundraising quarter ending Sept. 25, Democrat Karen Huber outperformed incumbent Republican Gerald Daugherty in her challenge to his Travis County Commissioner Pct. 3 seat, but Daugherty retains the cash edge going into the final two and a half weeks of the campaign.

From July 1 to Sept. 25, Daugherty took in $30,126, lagging behind the $48,603 raised by Huber. However, Daugherty still had $138,192 to burn – and he might well go through all of it, since he has all but promised this well be his last term – compared to the $43,935 remaining in Huber’s account.

Daugherty’s average contribution tended to be smaller in size, usually well under $1,000 and generally in the $100-$250 range, while Huber had 17 contributors giving $1K or more.

Among the contributors, I picked out the following for either their recognizable names and/or the size of their donation (more than $1,000). For those tagged due to noteworthiness, some of the identifiers are presumed because occupations were not listed on the forms.

Libertarian Wes Benedict reported no contributions and $59.95 in expenditures.


Paul B. Fay III 2,500
Lake Travis Republican PAC 2,500
The Overlook at Rob Roy 2,000
Bill Frink 1,500

Also noteworthy:
Jesus Garza (former Austin City Manager, now with the LCRA): 200
Doug English (former UT and NFL football star) 140
Linda McCaul (wife of Congressman Michael McCaul) 250
Kirk Rudy (Endeavor Real Estate) 200


Janis Pinelli 5,000
Peggy Corkran 5,000
Ira Yates (Daugherty’s opponent in 2002) 3,000
Charles Attal (ACL Fest producer) 2,500
Marika Schoolar 2,500
Patricia Ayres 1,500
Steven Damuth 1,250

Also noteworthy:
Ben Barnes (former Lt. Gov.) 1,000
Charles Betts (Downtown Austin Alliance) 500
Valarie Bristol (Former Pct. 3 Commissioner)100
Nan Clayton (former AISD board president)100
Shudde Fath (environmental activist)100
Ann Kitchen (former state representative) 250
Lowell Leberman (former UT System regent, former Austin City Council member, businessman) 800
Perry Lorenz (Downtown developer) 1,000
Mindy Montford (unsuccessful district attorney candidate)100
Pamela Reese (Hill Country Alliance, environmental activist group) 1,000
Mary Sanger (Hill Country Alliance) 1,000
Andy Sansom (Former Texas Parks & Wildlife director) 833
George Shipley (Democratic campaign consultant) 1,000
Texas Democratic Party 600

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