Steve Allison may be making his rookie run for State Representative District 121 in Bexar County, but he has quickly learned to political money game like a seasoned pro. Special interest money has played a large role in his political success so far. The question is, will he listen to us or his special interest contributors if he’s elected?
In a short period of time, Allison has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interest groups and political action committees (PACs) across the state. His top contributors include party and committee special interest groups who have donated over $200,000 and anti-consumer groups who have donated $40,000. He’s also taken more than $20,000 each from the real estate and health care sectors. It’s an impressive campaign cash haul for a first-time legislative candidate.
As Texans know all too well, money can have a large influence in decision making for elected officials, and that’s exactly what special interest groups and PACs count on when they contribute to these campaigns. These groups will help further Allison’s political career, in return they expect him to return the favor by voting their way in Austin on the issues they care about. And too often the public loses.
We won’t get property tax relief, if corporations are getting their tax relief first. We won’t get consumer protection we deserve when it comes to insurance, utilities and corporations if policymakers are seduced by big campaign cash.
As long as the business lobbyists have their deals with willing politicians like Steve Allison, our taxes will go up and our services will suffer. We need to ensure Steve Allison will listen to his constituents. We need honest government and real transparency. We need to Reform Austin.
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