Before Mayoral Candidates Make Issue Out of Political Affiliations, a Look at Who's What

During the 2007 mayoral campaign, former city council member Ed Oakley sent out mailers depicting himself and convicted felon Don Hill as Democrats and Tom Leppert and former Mayor Pro Tem Max Wells as Republicans. Oakley also accepted the endorsement of the Dallas County Democratic Party and printed thousands of door hangers identifying Leppert as a Republican in the weeks prior to the June runoff election.

In short, his attempt to turn what's supposed to be a nonpartisan race into a battle between blue and red backfired.

It's far too early in this year's race to determine whether political affiliations will become a factor, but one thing is clear: Two of the candidates are decidedly partisan. While council member Ron Natinsky has contributed just $250 to partisan officeholders (a donation to Republican state Senator John Carona in 2006), he's been a regular attendee at Republican functions throughout the county for several years, including Election Day watch parties sponsored by the Dallas County Republican Party.

Mike Rawlings, on the other hand, has contributed nearly $85,000 to various candidates and committees since 1992, according to an Unfair Park analysis, with more than 88 percent of that dough spent on Democratic causes. As you can see above, the former CEO of Pizza Hut and TracyLocke appeared in an ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White, who received more than $14,000 from Rawlings. A significant chunk of his donations ($32,950) were given to federal Democratic committees, and contributions were also made to Democrats Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Royce West.

David Kunkle has publicly claimed to have voted for candidates from both parties and has no history of donating to campaigns.

After the jump, Rawlings's lengthy list of contributions.

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Photo by Sam Merten
Mike Rawlings
Democratic candidates and committees:

8-31-92 Democratic National Committee $2,000

4-7-94 Richard Fisher (lost to Kay Bailey Hutchison when she was elected to her first full U.S. Senate term, current president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas) $1,000

6-30-94 Richard Fisher $1,000

10-17-95 Bill Clinton $1,000

12-13-93 Jim Mattox $500

11-25-97 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee $5,000

12-31-97 Martin Frost $250

6-29-99 Regina Montoya Coggins (lost to Pete Sessions in 2000 when he was elected to his third term in the U.S. House) $1,000

12-15-99 Martin Frost $250

6-23-00 Regina Montoya Coggins $1,000

1-18-02 Martin Frost $500

2-25-02 Ron Kirk $1,000

6-26-02 Ron Chapman (former U.S. House candidate) $1,000

9-5-02 Ron Kirk $1,000

9-17-02 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $4,000

9-26-02 Texas for John Sharp $1,000

2-19-03 Martin Frost $250

10-18-06 Chris Bell (gubernatorial candidate) $500

2-14-07 John Edwards $2,100

4-24-07 Barack Obama $2,300

7-13-07 Royce West $500

9-26-07 Tom Harkin (U.S. Senator from Iowa) $2,280

10-20-08 Democratic National Committee $11,950

10-24-08 Barack Obama $2,300

2-23-09 Harry Reid $2,400

3-15-09 Al Franken $1,000

6-15-09 Bill White $1,000

6-30-09 Eric Johnson $200

6-30-09 ActBlue Texas $200

9-4-09 Eric Johnson $250

11-25-09 Democratic National Committee $10,000

12-30-09 Bill White $5,000

12-31-09 ActBlue Texas $500

12-31-09 Eric Johnson $500

3-25-10 Chet Edwards $1,000

4-28-10 Bill White $3,282.82

9-22-10 Bill White $5,000

10-23-10 Chet Edwards $1,000

Republican candidates and committees:

10-16-95 Lamar Alexander (former presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator from Tennessee) $250

3-23-99 George W. Bush $1,000

10-23-01 Texans for Kenn George $1,000

7-9-03 George W. Bush $2,000

4-6-07 John McCain $2,300

Nonpartisan candidates and committees (since July 2008):

2-11-09 Enough is Enough $1,000

5-21-10 Re-Elect Tom Leppert $1,000

11-19-10 Delia Jasso $250

12-31-10 Ann Margolin $1,000

Breakdown:

$58,080 in federal donations to Democrats

$5,550 in federal donations to Republicans

$16,932.82 in state donations to Democrats

$1,000 in state donations to Republicans

$3,250 in city donations

$75,012.82 total donations to Democrats

$6,550 total donations to Republicans

$3,250 total donations to nonpartisan

$84,812.82 total donations

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39 comments
Psbowen
Psbowen

Ok, so which is it? Now that Rawlings is running for Dallas mayor, what is his polical party affiliation? Maybe I'm missing up but I haven't found anything concrete about this.

Thanks for your time. PB

Fat_Republikunt
Fat_Republikunt

Well, Sara Palin has a slut for a daughter and allowed it out of wedlock. Gasp, what a tramp. Palin is a shitty mom. It goes to character. And it is our business.

This shows Palin is not fit to run the country. She can't run her own house. It goes to character. Disgusting.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

He's got my vote! He's great on 30 Rock!

Wait, that's not Alex Balwin?

Anna
Anna

An Al Franken supporter will never get my vote or any other conservative...

Anna
Anna

Rawlings gave to Al Franken -- that is all I need to know

Garland Guy
Garland Guy

You know, there are a lot of us who believe that when push comes to shove, there really ain't much difference between the Republican and Democratic parties. Frankly, I am just as fed up with Democrats as I am with Republicans. I believe that the vast majority of politicians from both parties are corporate sellouts.

Just Asking
Just Asking

Meredith, I read the story and ? You would prefer Rawlins who's company owned Ace Check Cashing, a payday lending company that rips off the poor community? If you like the job that Leppert did as mayor then Rawlins should be your man.

Trust me, CEO's can not always read a budgets, and the private sector is different from the public sector.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Very enlightening. Now will someone please ask Mr. Rawlings and Mr. Kunkle to explain how their streets-police-fire platforms differ?

Mikerawlingsiam
Mikerawlingsiam

zI am the HomelessCzar/ParkBoardCzar/PrestonHollowBillionaireCzar and I am smarter than you. You will elect me as mayor because you are too stupid to run this city.

mike.i.am!!

Just Asking
Just Asking

Meridith,how do you know all of these details? I am not interested in that. What do you think about his tenure as being the police chief? Do you think his experience in all of the areas of Dallas will be beneficial? Do you think he knows how to read a budget? Do you think he can make tough decisions? That's what's important.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Clay Jenkins is a fool no matter who he gives money. Rawlings is a Man and will not flunky for anyone.Kunkle is a Man,anyone who put their life on line is a strong man.I don't care how many times he gets married, nobody should stay in unhappy marriage just to front.Maybe the wives wanted out,all people can't live with police Officers. What ever that's his business.

ozonedude
ozonedude

I'm befuddled by whatever the point to be made here might be. As it reads, it just seems like some hair-brained right-wing nonsense that Rawlins is so embarrassed of the Democrats that he is hiding behind Roger Staubach. Maybe they are both being non-partisan in a non-partisan race. It could happen.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I thought Staubach was a staunch right winger.

Liberals do not give money to George W. Bush nor John McCain. Not a dime. Not a penny.

To make a logical argument you would have to show that your boy Natinksy gave to BOTH parties as well. Natinsky only gave to Republicans. Rawlings gave to both. I think it is clear to us all that being Mayor was just a stepping stone for Mayor Tom

MattL1
MattL1

Hey, those look like a lot of my donations from the last few election cycles! Admittedly, Rawlings' have a few more zeroes at the end.

2 bits
2 bits

yummmmm. Rawlings just got my vote.

I was having a really hard time dealing with Kunkle's 5 marriages thing.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Their Police platform does not matter.

Chief Brown is in charge of DPD, not the current Mayor, or the next Mayor. The position of Mayor has no governing power over DPD. Dallas is managed by a City Manager. DPD Chief Brown reports to City Mgr., not to the Mayor.

What both candidates are saying is that they will support (as in vote FOR) issues that support DPD and DFD.

All mayoral candidates always say they support DPD and DFD. Just as they all support fixing pot holes.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Ask the uniform officers. At one time they were going to do a vote of no confidence. The thing that he was good at was changing the way crime was reported to make himself look good.

Meredith
Meredith

DMagazine article Jan 2007The Love Affair That Rocked City Hall

http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/...

Tenure as Police Chief: reclassifying crime to lower crime stats. Experience in all of the areas of Dallas. What experience in all of the areas of Dallas. He has no experience in Dallas, except as a Police officer. How to read a budget? Heck, I can read a budget. Make tough decisions? Do you have the mayor's position confused with the City Mgr's position? Mayor does not MAKE decisions. Mayor is just one of the 15 people who vote on issues each Wednesday at the horseshoe.

Rawlings. Now, as CEO of major corporation, I would assume he makes decisions. Knows how to read a budget. And, probably never reclassified stuff to make it appear different.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

When you decide to run for office, you no longer have personal business. People want to know what kind of man they are electing. Personal becomes public, like it or not.

Meredith
Meredith

It is OUR business. It goes to character.

"Nobody should stay in unhappy marriage...."

My God, four unhappy marriages?

And, wife number 5 is a trophy wife to a guy who was at the top of his career. She's 23 yrs younger than him. Wife number 4 never stood a chance. How do you compete when the hot thing's throwing herself at your husband? A good man would have looked, but not tasted.

He was messing around with the other woman while still married to number 4. Wife no. 4 did not want out. She went out for an early morning jog around White Rock Lake and when she returned home, he shocked her by telling her the marriage was over. Three weeks later he moved his young thing mistress into the home. A month later he married her (wife 5)

So, either he has a commitment issue, or he can't pick out a decent wife. Either way, it goes to character.

Jay
Jay

Silly boy. Political contributions purchase access politicians.

bugman07
bugman07

Businessmen (yes even liberals) give donation to both sides to cover thier ass. Don't believe for a minute that political beliefs always trump the almight dollar. If they think a few bucks thrown both ways will help them out down the road, they'll gladly do it.Don't be naive.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Democratic County Judge Clay Jenkins and plenty of other liberals have donated money to Bush.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I intended to edit that out before hitting publish -- as it's just that, a characterization without supporting information. My apologies.

Walking the Dog
Walking the Dog

well, a conservative probably wouldn't be on wifey number 5 before he was 57yrs old.

Bob
Bob

CEO are he worst on reclassifing to make thing look different. Think Wall Street, Enron.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Meredith,You have done your homework.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Most of my liberal friends spend all their money on beer, pot and sex. However, I might donate money to Sarah Palin. I would like to see her as the Republican Presidential candidate.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Sam

You will never convince me in a thousand years that a TRUE liberal would give money to Bush or McCain. Maybe a ultra wealthy Democrat might give money to one of them but no liberal in their right (or left) mind would. No more than a right winger would give money to Pelosi or Boxer. It is like saying Tea Baggers are not associated with any political party. Party does matter, now more than ever.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

say what you will about the Interwebs, take a note of that. When was the last time you saw a media person do that? well done Robert. Treat yourself to a glass of Rye.

The Watcher
The Watcher

Then you are saying that Newt the Grinch is just warming up on his 3rd...

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Sam

The more I think about it, the more I want some of whatever you have been smoking.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I'm liberal. And, I'd cut off my right tit before I'd give a dime to Bush. Enrique is correct. Liberals do not give $ to Bush.

Clay Jenkins is not a liberal. He had Republican voting record and then switched over to run in Dem primary.

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