KENDALL SCUDDER'S DEBT-FREE CAMPAIGN BESTS HALL IN CASH ON HAND
For Immediate Release
July 18, 2018
Contact: Kathleen Thompson
KENDALL SCUDDER'S DEBT-FREE CAMPAIGN
BESTS HALL IN CASH ON HAND
COMMERCE, TX - According to new reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC), Democratic State Senate, District 2, nominee Kendall Scudder’s debt-free campaign has more cash on hand than incumbent Bob Hall.
TEC reports show the Scudder campaign is "people-powered," with 94% of funds coming from individuals and 77% within the district—a stark contrast from the Hall campaign which has received 81% of campaign funds from special interest groups and 78% from outside of Senate District Two. “When you follow the money, it’s pretty clear—Bob Hall doesn’t work for us, he works for special interests far away from our community.” Scudder says.
In addition to having less cash on hand than Scudder, reports show that Hall has loaned his campaign $25,000. Scudder says he believes that Hall’s campaign debt is just one example of his out-of-touch, fiscal irresponsibility. “Bob isn't like us. Families here tighten our belts and live within our means. We don't overspend and expect a bailout. A campaign in debt, donor money spent on lavish overseas vacations, and a 14% property tax increase in the legislature—that is apparently what fiscal responsibility means to Bob,” Scudder proclaimed.
In the final days of this financial reporting period, despite $500,000 of special interest money from west Texas, Hall’s campaign sent an email to supporters requesting donations due to the campaign’s mounting debt after narrowly winning his Republican primary.
“Bob ran out of other people’s money and can’t manage a debt-free campaign.” Scudder said. “He isn’t responsible with his own campaign cash, so why would he be responsible with our tax dollars?” Scudder added, “Palm-up begging for more of your money—that’s a typical politician if I’ve ever seen one.”