The first campaign report of the Protect Houston PAC is out, and now voters can really see who’s bankrolling the fight against fair pay for Houston firefighters.
The Protect Houston Pac claims it’s a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats, business and labor leaders, community groups and police and fire chiefs.
The PAC raised 60,000 so far, just a few weeks before early voting. You know how many contributions they got.
Mayor Turner’s political campaign raised nearly half the money, just a little more than $25,000 for advertising and stuff.
The only other contribution, the Houston Police Officers Union. $35,000.
“The police have gotten huge raises and their union clearly want to cheat firefighters because they like it the way it is,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston based Dolcefino Consulting. “What’s wrong with first responders being treated the same way. Why do the cops hate the firefighters so much? They ought to be on the front lines helping them?”
Sue Davis, a spokesman for Protect Houston Pac is the Mayor’s campaign press spokesman. Grant Martin, a California media advisor is paid for campaign advice.
The campaign reports also show a big payment to a California polling firm.
“This first campaign report exposes Protect Houston for what it is,” says Dolcefino. “This isn’t some independent group protecting Houston. These are cops and the Mayor protecting themselves.”