Inspired by Martha who posted the list of contributions made by Farouk Shami during the last reporting period, here is the complete list of contributions on record at the Texas Ethics Commission made by Democratic candidate Farouk Shami to Texas campaigns and committees.
|Contributor Name||Employer||Filer Name||Amount||Contribution
|Shami, Farouk||Friedman, Richard S.||$ 200.00||5/29/2005||284404|
|Shami, Farouk||Friedman, Richard S.||$ 5,200.00||5/29/2005||284404|
|Shami, Farouk||Friedman, Richard S.||$ 5,000.00||1/12/2006||315091|
|Shami, Farouk||Friedman, Richard S.||$ 10,000.00||10/25/2006||322956|
|Shami, Farouk||Friedman, Richard S.||$ 4,000.00||10/27/2006||322956|
|Shami, Farouk||Farouk Systems Inc.||Wong, Martha J.||$ 500.00||10/30/2006||331771|
|Shami, Farouk||Self – Farouk||Texans For Ted Cruz,||$ 5,000.00||5/21/2009||420634|
|Shami, Farouk||Owner||Texas Democratic Party,||$ 10,000.00||9/03/2009||426922|
|Shami, Farouk||Owner||Texas Democratic Party,||$ 10,000.00||9/18/2009||426922|
|Shami, Farouk||Farouk Systems Usa||Radnofsky, Barbara Ann||$ 10,000.00||9/23/2009||438365|
|Shami, Farouk||Farouk Systems Inc.||Ellis, Rodney G.||$ 5,000.00||9/29/2009||438389|
|Shami, Farouk||Gilbert, Henry E.||$ 100,000.00||12/07/2009||438681|
|Shami, Farouk||El Paso County Democratic Party (cec),||$ 1,000.00||12/11/2009||438272|
|Shami, Farouk||Gilbert, Henry E.||$ 50,000.00||12/31/2009||438681|
|Shami, Farouk M.||Farouk Systems||House Democratic Campaign Committee,||$ 5,000.00||9/30/2009||438842|
|Shami, Farouk M.||Self||Texas Democratic Women Pac,||$ 5,000.00||12/02/2009||437443|
1) Shami's giving to campaigns surges in number and size once it was clear he was going to a Democratic candidate for Governor.
2) Those contributions became a lot more Democratic during the same time. Obvious exceptions are the previously known $24,400 to then Independent candidate Kinky Friedman for Governor in 2006, $500 to Republican incumbent State Representative Martha Wong of Houston, and $5,000 to Republican primary challenger of Attorney Greg Abbott Ted Cruz made in May of last year.
3) Farouk gave former Gubernatorial candidate Hank Gilbert a total of $150,000 after he dropped of the race to run for Ag Commissioner and endorsed Shami on his way out. The optics of that can't really be described as anything positive at all and looks really bad so I'll leave that for the campaigns to respond to if/when they get asked about it.
Of course, the money to Gilbert isn't entirely unexpected given that Democratic insiders had heard numbers as high as a million thrown around. In fact, there was a lot of talk of millions going to the various party entities, PACs, county parties, etc. Frankly, if you were going to contribute your way into the good graces of the Democratic Party infrastructure, these sorts of numbers aren't impressive at all.
And just think about that for a minute- if you look at both Farouk's Exploratory Committee report and his Gubernatorial Campaign report you will see that when you combine the two, they numbers add up as follows.
|Shami Personal Loans||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
And of that, I count about $3.6 million in paid media which was spent across the last three months of the year in some form or fashion.
Just because money has been spent in one race doesn't mean it would have been spent for other purposes, but I'll leave you to think about how much you could accomplish in terms of infrastructure building in the Democratic Party of Texas with that much money. Even the Texas Democratic Trust hasn't been able to move that much money that quickly through the veins of the Party.
I suppose we will know what the return on investment is in 6 weeks.