A freshman Democratic appeals court justice may have touted his experience in the courtroom when running against a bench full of experienced and capable incumbent Republican Third Court of Appeals Justices.
But Justice Thomas Baker's experience in running a campaign apparently has much to be desired -- this according to several inconsistencies discovered in his legally required campaign finance paperwork.
Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak filed a sworn complaint on Tuesday, Aug. 13, noting the numerous errors and miscalculations uncovered.
"When considering the complicated nature of his profession and researching caselaw, how can we expect Justice Baker to issue competent rulings if he cannot file accurate campaign finance reports?" said Matt Mackowiak, Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party. "The problems we discovered are indicative of mismanagement and could foreshadow ethical problems. The voters of Texas demand better out of our elected jurists."
In March of this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to Austin and stated that Texas was ground zero for Democrats in 2020. One month later the DCCC opened a brand-new Texas Headquarters office in downtown Austin, with the mission to take out Congressman Chip Roy and Congressman Michael McCaul. The threat we Republicans face in this county could not be more serious.
We need your help to not only protect these great Congressmen, but to expand our footprint in other battleground races in Travis County. We invite you to join Travis County’s most exclusive Republican donor club, the Travis County GOP Chairman’s Circle. This elite donor organization is ideal for industry leaders, elected officials, and the most dedicated activists who want the best networking opportunities where you’ll enjoy one-on-one time with those who advance Republican principles in Travis County and across Texas.
Our next Chairman’s Circle event is an evening reception honoring:
A few months ago, the City of Austin passed an ordinance that allows homeless people to camp in public spaces (excluding private property, parks and City Hall).
The result has been chaos.
Homeless people are camping on sidewalks downtown (in front of businesses), there have been several violent attacks, and they continue to camp in parks and on private property, believing that they either won’t be reported to police or police won’t remove them.
It is time to rescind this policy which is bad for tourism, the Austin economy, public safety and public health.
Following local headlines, two new violations have been discovered following a careful investigation of District 1 City Council member Natasha Harper-Madison's campaign finance paperwork.
"The Austin City Council is elected for few other purposes than to safeguard the trust given to them by the taxpayers and to carefully scrutinize the complex details of running a rapidly growing city," said TCRP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. "When a representative of the people on the Council dais cannot keep up with Austin campaign finance rules, it casts doubt on her ability to understand the ins-and-outs of city policy. It also does not speak well of her understanding of ethics and what the taxpayers expect of their elected officials."
Read our full press release and supporting documents here.
It has now become legal in the City of Austin for homeless persons to camp on the front of one's private property or on public rights-of-way in the Capital of Texas. Even the Austin Police Association is expressing discomfort with the idea, which allows camping "on sidewalks, alleyways, and other public places (except parks and City Hall), which includes in front of your house, provided the people camping are not making the sidewalk unreasonably inconvenient or hazardous."
"This ill-advised homeless camping policy is the latest example of our all-Democrat City Council continuing its war on private enterprise and taxpayers," said Matt Mackowiak, Travis GOP Chairman. "There are better ways to incentivize businesses and homeowners to help alleviate homelessness in Austin, but chiseling away at our rights and public safety is not the answer."
What a night!
This year's Reagan Gala was a smashing success.
We pulled this event together in one month(!) and did it during the summer, which made our task more difficult and our work more urgent.
With more than 250 people attending, we brought in more than $94,000 and profited well over $50,000 to help elect more Republicans and grow the party!
This is my fifth Reagan Gala. These events are a lot of work.
We could not have pulled this one off without the dedication of so many volunteers who showed up early to help guests arrive and execute the event. Brian Schwaegel, Glen and Julie Hertenberger, Olga Lasher, Mary Heffernan, Leland Freeman, Kevin Waisfield, Matt Maley and Benjamin Larrabee. You efforts made the difference.
Our Travis County Republican Party (TCRP) team is outstanding. I am proud of the effort we all made. ...
UPDATE (7/1/19): See Chairman Matt Mackowiak's recap of the event here.
Our 2019 Reagan Gala was a complete success because of supporters like you!
We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us fund another year of expanding Republican victories in Travis County:
Event Chair & Platinum Table Sponsor:
Jay and Sahra Riskind
Aaron Reitz for Texas (HD-47)
Doug and Rachel Deaton
Supreme Court Justice John Devine & Nubia Devine
The Starley Family
Congressman Bill Flores
Congressman Roger Williams
Michael McCaul for Congress
Richard and Dr. Rosemary Edwards
Texans for Jeff Boyd
The Honorable Kent Grusendorf & Elise Grusendorf
The Honorable Paul Workman and Sherry Workman
Join us for #ReaganGala 2019 Thursday, June 27, at Austin's own Hotel VanZandt.
Speakers include: former presidential contender and union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice and constitutional defender Nathan Hecht, taxpayer champion Congressman Chip Roy, and also Texas Sen. Dawn Buckingham and Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian.
Featuring silent auction, participatory events, great food, and so much more! It promised to be an evening in Austin's unique Rainey Street District you'll never forget.
RSVP and complete details: TCRPReaganGala.com
More info coming soon! Tickets now on sale at
If you're a grassroots activist, a future or current candidate, an organization leader, or just a keyboard warrior, this training is for you!
Any Republican or conservative interested in taking things to the next level as we enter the 2020 election cycle may reserve their seat for this rare opportunity.
Please contact Travis GOP HQ if you're interested in attending (especially if you're a candidate wanting to run in 2020). See below for a message from one of the organizers ...Read more
If you recognize our newly hired Executive Director, it's because you may have served with him recently.
Brian Ruddle, the Political Trainer for the Greg Abbott re-election campaign in 2018, oversaw many of our Abbott University sessions and block walks as we went door-to-door supporting Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
Spencer Davis, our previous Executive Director, is headed a few floors away from Travis GOP HQ for another effort to be announced soon, so we'll continue to work with him as well.