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July 17, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Another campaign fundraising deadline has come and gone.

Wendy Davis took the opportunity of the latest one to crow that she has raised more money than any previous Democratic nominee for governor. The Davis campaign claimed before the deadline that she and her committees have $13.1 million on hand.

Ok, fine, but Texas is deep red. As a Democrat, Davis will have to do better than the last loser, or the loser before him. Especially when Greg Abbott has $35.6 million on hand, leads in the polls, is a known foe of very unpopular President Obama, is already known and popular statewide…and we’re in deep red Texas.

As it turns out, Davis’ claim didn’t stand up to scrutiny. Once the campaigns revealed the real totals, Davis has less cash on hand than she claimed, plus she is claiming the value of some donations as if they were cash. She is claiming the value of Willie Nelson appearing at one of her fundraisers at $250,000, for instance. The Texas Tribune charitably calls this a “non-traditional accounting method.” Also, “unorthodox.” The reporter on the Trib’s story is Jay Root. He has seen more than one campaign come and go. He knows his way around a campaign finance report. The fact that Davis’ accounting looks sketchy to Root suggests that it’s sketchy bookkeeping.

Once you get past all the account combining and “non-traditional” accounting and look at how much money the Wendy Davis Campaign itself has on hand, as reported by the Texas Ethics Commission, you get to a whopping $5 million.

That’s about half of what’s needed to win a Senate election in an average state. Texas is a lot of things, but average, it is not.

And Greg Abbott actually does have $35.6 million cash on hand.

And Davis’ campaign hired someone who tried to commit identity theft in the name of politics.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Willie Nelson????
13 weeks ago
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You are surprised? You thought he's a real American?

He's pretty much a card-carrying communist. (Except I don't know if he's actually got a card in his pocket.)

13 weeks ago
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He ran out of Zig Zags so he smoked it
13 weeks ago
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That she raised even ten million, let alone over thirteen, should be cause for concern. Her candidacy is not, and never was, intended to be a winning candidacy. She is laying the grievance groundwork with her rhetoric that some other candidate will pick up on next time around, or the time after that. She is a footsoldier in the longterm campaign---the Long March---to turn Texas Leftist, and to thereby give the Left control of the presidency forever.

Nobody should be exulting over any aspect of her defeat; they should be minutely studying every minor element of any success she has had to be able to root that out.

The Left knows how to lose its way upward. Until the Right tumbles to this, it is going to keep clapping itself on the back and winning downward.
13 weeks ago
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Exactly. They have mastered the long game.

Most of us don't know it exists.

13 weeks ago
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That’s about half of what’s needed to win a Senate election in an average state."


It's also less than half of what she claimed. In fact, it's 37% of what she claimed.



So, based on those numbers (and yes, I know that arithmetic is waacisst) what percentage of liar is she?


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