• September 21, 2020
 New super PAC raises nearly $10 million to register new Republican voters in Texas

Engage Texas is seeking to register hundreds of thousands of new GOP voters. Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

New super PAC raises nearly $10 million to register new Republican voters in Texas

A new super PAC focused on registering new Republican voters in Texas has raised nearly $10 million from some of the state’s biggest GOP donors, according to its first report to the Federal Election Commission.

Filed early Wednesday morning, the disclosure shows that the political action committee, Engage Texas, took in $9.6 million between when it registered with the FEC in mid-April and when the reporting period ended June 30. It spent $336,000 and has $9.3 million in the bank.

“This significant investment in resources will help us reach Texans in every corner of the state to educate them about Texas’ successful, conservative principles and engage them in the political process,” Engage Texas Chairman Mano de Ayala said in a statement.

Engage Texas launched in mid-June with the promise of signing up and turning out hundreds of thousands of new GOP voters to help keep the state red in 2020. The super PAC is led by Chris Young, a former top staffer at the Republican National Committee.

The super PAC has already built a staff of at least 18 people, and it has set up shop in three of the state’s biggest cities while sending organizers to a dozen politically important counties.

The group’s initial donor list features a who’s who from the Texas GOP donor community. There are half a dozen individuals and entities that gave $1 million each:

  • El Paso oilman Paul Foster
  • Retired Doss couple Michael and Mary Porter ($500,000 each)
  • Houston oil tycoon Joseph C. Walter III
  • Houston developer Richard Weekley, who sits on the Engage Texas board
  • Hillwood Development Co., the Dallas-based real estate company led by Ross Perot Jr.
  • Energy Transfer, the Dallas-based pipeline company led by CEO Kelcy Warren

Engage Texas also received a combined $1 million from two Houston companies, Trinity Equity Partners I and Trinity Equity Partners II, which are tied to the private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners. The latter is run by another familiar name in GOP donor circles, Wil VanLoh.

It appears Engage Texas has wasted little time getting to work, reporting 17 people on payroll through June in addition to Young. One of them is Kristy Wilkinson, who was deputy campaign manager for Gov. Greg Abbott‘s reelection bid last year and previously the Republican National Committee’s Texas state director.

The group says it has already opened offices in Austin, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It also has dispatched organizers to begin work in Bell, Blanco, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Fort Bend, Harris, Hays, Lampasas, Tarrant, Travis and Williamson counties.

Disclosure: Ross Perot Jr. and Paul Foster have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.

Author: PATRICK SVITEKThe Texas Tribune

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  • Can’t wait to see Alberto the FLY go into one of his rants over this

    • Yeah the dumbass will probably go into his Texas will become a blue state rant. He claimed last year 2018 Beto would beat Cruz and Texas would turn blue. Before that in 2016 he claimed crooked Hillary would beat Trump and Texas would turn blue. The delusional moron. LOSER!

      Alberto for prison 2019!

    • See it didn’t take long for delusional Alberto to rant in. Came in like flies on turd. He is so predictable. What a LOSER!

      Alberto for prison 2019!

  • Well then! I see that Mad Mike and Fero beat me to this special thread about a republican super pac that raised $10 million to recruit more fascist NAZIS to their dying party of LOW LIFE SCUM BAGS!
    The republican party is becoming extinct, and Fero still can’t admit that Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by over 3 million more votes.
    The popular vote is the WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! the electoral college enables the loser to rob the winner of the presidency. We must end this ridiculous scheme of highway robbery.
    Back in 2000 America was BUSHWHACKED by another moron in George W Bush! who spent the first 8 months of office! 60% of the time on vacation at Crawford Texas. That’s why we got attacked on September 11 2001.
    Republicans are always up to NO GOOD!
    Beto O”Rourke only lost to Ted Cruz by 200 thousand Votes! That sure scared the living F””””” out of Ted Cruz! It also scared the living F”””””” out of Texan republicans! They never felt defeat so close to their feet.
    But regardless we won back the Congress in a Landslide BLUE WAVE! WE WON BACK 40 seats! And November 2020 comes the HUGE BLUE TSUNAMI! Right at this very minute, republicans are starting to bail out from congress.
    They know what’s coming to get them so run for the hills and seek higher elevation.
    For Y’ALL WILL DROWN LIKE RATS! don’t worry about Donald Trump! He’s going straight to prison.
    So STOP with this nonsense BRAINWASHED super pac recruitment of racist bigots! here in Texas.
    Your WHITE CIRCUS CONICAL HOOD TENT is coming down in 2020!
    REST ASSURE! Neanderthalus Republicanus! you will become EXTINCT!
    Fero for La Pinta!~

    • So easy to rope that dope Alberto. Alberto the doper. Still as delusional as ever. All fake news as usual. The biggest loser since crooked Hillary and Beto O’Dork. Beto the 2% loser wants to wax your ass and scrub your balls. He sucked at the latest Democrap debates. Answer your burner phone moron. Beto’s calling you. lmao.

      BTW – You forgot to mention Obama was the worst president in U.S. history. A bigot and race baiter. A do nothing like you. Obviously you don’t have any financial investments like a 401k, IRA, or stocks, etc. ’cause the economy under President Trump is rocking and way up since Obama left office. It’s the economy stupid. But penniless, no asset pobrecito Alberto wouldn’t know that being a section 8 welfare queen.

      BTW – In the 2018 election 25% of El Paso’s registered voters voted Republican. More to be registered whether you like it or not. Growing every year.

      Alberto for prison 2019!

      Trump 2020!

      • It’s so easy to live rent free in Fero’s section 8 mind! this idiot continues to be delusional with his fabricated figures. Fero is Jerry Rodol from KVIA commenting forum. He’s way too coward to admit it, and he makes up all these fake stuff about to meet him at the Fort Bliss Freedom Crossing Mall so he can drop to his knees to service me. And Mad Mike the white nationalist supremacist will wipe the remains off the restroom floor with his tongue.
        I know that it’s you Fero that keeps disturbing with your pathetic burner phones!
        Because a chicken shit coward like you likes to pester people. Since you are not putting any tattoos on men’s penises.
        I’m not stupid to invest in stocks where you can easily loose all your money,I don’t need 401 k or IRA’s either.
        I saved enough to get me by when Donald Trump shut down the government for 35 days, Mad Mike was busy working the streets thinking that he would once again become homeless. And you went back to work as a street whore male prostitute selling your dirty nalgas,
        You don’t have the balls to be grateful for president Barack Obama, how he left Donald trump with a surplus growing economy.
        But with Donald Trump’s trade war against China and Europe, it’s costing Americans the burden because we are the ones paying for Donald Trump’s F**K UPS!.
        You are the one that is penniless Fero, that is why you need your burner phones. So you can scheme people out of their bank accounts with your credit card fraud.
        I don’t qualify for section 8 Fero! but you probably do, since you live with your grandfather. You know that you are a Queen, a cross dresser moron, and you prostitute at the Northeast El Paso bars where military drunks hang out for a good time with a chance to get laid.
        Registered republicans don’t even make up 25% of the El Paso voting electoral!
        We democrats dominate El Paso’s voting process! sure mayor Dee Margo is republican but that is about as far as republicans will ever get in El Paso.
        Will Hurd is not from El Paso, he’s from San Antonio, makes no sense how how a voting district as far away as San Antonio reached El Paso County.
        Beto O’Rourke was able to galvanize one million new democrat voters, and over 5 hundred thousand republicans voted for him in 2018.
        The republican party is not growing Fero, it’s dwindling and shrinking every year. Only idiot racist bigots hold on to Donald Trump’s orange balls.
        Mad Mike can tell you this Fero!
        You’ve been inside prison Fero, that is your place of birth! your mother died of an heroin addiction while in prison. She bought some black tar from an Aryan brother.
        And you will return back to your prison home within time.
        MOSCOW MITCH McConnell loves you Fero!

        TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2021!
        Fero is a NOBODY!

        • As usual Alberto is so delusional and so full of crap. His rants get more delusional and psycho every time as you beat him down. He constantly spews out libtard fake news. What an idiot! No Republicans in Texas voted for Beto. Wishful thinking. Where is your proof other than your fake news as usual. If Republicans truly voted for Beto back in 2018 then he would have won not lost. Duh! You moron. Good news is no one will be voting for Beto in 2020 because he will drop out of the race well before the Super Tuesday primaries. He can’t even get above 2% in the polls and performed dismally again in the Democrap debates. He was born to lose just like YOU LOSER!

          BTW – Who the hell is Jerry Rodol? More hallucinations. Off your meds? Oh wait ……he is one of those schizo personalities in your mentally diseased head.

          You had a chance to meet me at Ft. Bliss last week to see who I really was and you chickened out. A no show. All big fat mouth no action. I bet you look like Gollum/Smeagol the character in Lord of the Rings. Afraid to show your fugly face. Alberto the big fat fugly CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!

          Whether you qualify or not you live in a section 8 run down apartment complex. Ridgemar has been section 8 approved for decades. There are more cars parked there during the day time work hours than any other in that area since you all are welfare queens that live there.

          Alberto for prison 2019!

          Trump 2020!

    • What is so amusing is you are the biggest racist in El Paso, and display it constantly.

      • Alberto is the biggest bigot, racist, homophobe, islamophobe, xenophobe and mysogynist in Texas. Not necessarily in that order. It depends on those schizo personalities in his big fat mentally diseased head.

        Alberto for prison 2019!

  • As I mentioned earlier today! Fero ate my SHIT PIE! he swallowed it with one bite! amazing how both Fero and mad Mike say that I’m a bigot! I’m not but I do admit that I despise every single deplorable republican regardless of their skin color or nationality!
    Besides that republicans really don’t fit in El Paso and they all should go back to where they came from! YES GO BACK HOME! you bunch of racist CREEPS!
    Fero is not from El Paso and neither is Mikey Mad Mike! Everything that Fero says about me is really him describing himself. If you support and voted for Donald Trump,that is because you are a DAMN RACIST BIGOT!
    So admit who you are cowards!
    BTW, as I said that republicans are bailing out of the GOP! Today congressman Will Hurd announced that he WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION! in 2020! He was the only black republican in congress.
    So there Fero CABRON! right before you’re caca head Hurd will be gone.
    And it is rumored that Texas is now a purple state, GOSH I Wish that Beto O’Rourke was running against John Cornyn, because that would have being an easy defeat by Beto to Cornyn!
    And he would be going to the US senate, running for president is not an easy feat.
    OH WELL!
    All of my post pissed the hell out of Fero! he don’t know how to rebuttal me, so I continue to give him his daily beat down. I saw on the news today where some idiot in Manhattan New York went to the Trump Tower
    and bought himself one of those made in China red MAGA hats!
    A few minute later he got beat up by 17 teenagers! LOL they showed his MUG and he had a bruised black eye with a swollen face LOL HA HA HA HA HA!
    Those hats are asking for a beating, like asking anyone: PLEASE KICK MY ASS! LOL HA HA HA HA HA! I’m a deplorable trumpTURD! JACKASS! Those red MAGA HATS are the replacements for the more traditional white cloak and white conical hood worn by the KKK! FERO WEARS BOTH!
    Fero is a deplorable JACKASS and so is Mad Mike.
    As I continue to live happily rent free inside FERO’S SECTION 8 MIND! when I have to take a dump or urinate! I do it inside Fero’s MIND!
    And there is absolutely nothing that Fero can do about it!
    He can’t even try to increase my rent! cause I dominate his mindless world 24/7.
    And now he is so bitter because I didn’t meet him at Fort Bliss this past Saturday, I went to San Lorenzo in Clint with friends then we stopped at Licon Dairy, then went to the Lunch Box on N Carolina.
    Why do I need to waste my time to go meet a cross dresser by the name of LA FERO LLORONA? LOL HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    • Oh look it’s that libtard bigot and racist psycho Alberto again. Up late at night ranting. LMAO. Can’t sleep due to his chronic insomnia and mental disease. Then he rants over at the KKKVIA forum all night until 4am whining and doing his same old personal attacks. Then miraculously all his posts along with his aliases disappear. The moron wasted 6 hours of his puny miserable life doing nothing. Didn’t take long since we are in his big fat head 24/7. He gets beat down. The dumbass still spewing out fake news ad nauseam and his warped delusions. Regurgitates all he sees and hears on MSNBC and CNN. Nothing of his own. He lacks creativity and intelligence. It’s the mental disease stupid. Paranoid schizo.

      Only gives lame excuses why he didn’t meet me at Ft. Bliss. Then thinks I am bitter. What an idiot! I called him out and he forfeited. The real reason is Alberto is CHICKEN!!!!! Can’t face the truth. Afraid of the truth. Same b.s. reasons like he gave during Occupy El Paso a few years back and lied about attending the Beto anti-Trump rally back in February. Another no show. Why ’cause he is all talk and no action. Hides in his section 8 run down apartment. Hiding his fugly mug. Nothing but a real LOSER!

      Alberto the big fat CHICKEN for prison 2019!

      Trump 2020!

  • Final offer CHICKEN. This Saturday high noon at the Corner Bakery on Yarbrough. Just bring your fugly fat ass. I’ll buy you some pie since you can’t bake for shit. How about some crow pie? LMAO.

    I’ll wager you will chicken out again big time. Why? Cause you are all talk no action. Prefers thinking I am his long lost buddy Jerry Rodol who obviously is a figment of his warped psychotic imagination.


    Alberto for prison 2019!

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