Mike Rawlings Flexes Financial Muscle

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Fear the 'stache, or: Mike Rawlings as Bradley Whitford as Dan Stark
If there was any question that former Park Board president Mike Rawlings would be the top fund-raiser among the three announced mayoral candidates, he's seemingly answered it by unveiling a new television ad this morning as pricey mailers hit mailboxes throughout the city yesterday.

The TV ad and mailer -- consisting, as you'll see on the other side, of four double-sided pages and featuring photos of Rawlings with his family, alongside Roger Staubach, as a young football player and sporting that mustache -- tout his role in convincing Oncor to donate $1 million as a sponsor to the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative. Although last year's tax hike had a greater impact on parks and recreation, Oncor's money was used to keep rec centers open.

In the ad, which began airing this morning on channels 4, 5, 8 and 11 and can be found after the jump, Rawlings says it's not what you say during tough economic times, it's what you do.

"When I had tight budgets [as a CEO], raising taxes wasn't an option, and it shouldn't be at City Hall," he says.

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Asking
Asking

Oak Cliff Res and Hasanmary,

Wrong again. Rawlings was there when the payday lending took place and as an investor he made a profit. The truth was not told, so no shaming the devil on this one.

"More important, ACE also joined forces in 1999 with Goleta National Bank (a unit of Community West Bancshares) to strengthen and safeguard its "payday" loan operations. Several states had passed legislation banning the practice of "payday" loans because they deemed the annual interest rates on these small, short-term loans (which often exceeded 400 percent) to be usurious. To circumvent these anti-usury laws, ACE would leverage its relationship with Goleta to provide such loans in states where they were outlawed. Under the terms of the agreement, ACE would merely process "payday" loan applications, but Goleta--headquartered in California where the practice was legal--would actually issue the loans. (ACE would later buy back a portion of the loans.) According to the Wall Street Journal, ACE's maneuver would most likely provide "a big boost to the company's earnings "

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VoteforMike
VoteforMike

Mike will be a great Mayor for Dallas............the Right Person to Lead Dallas.

VoteforMike
VoteforMike

Mike will be a great Mayor for Dallas............the Right Person to Lead Dallas.

Dallas_Joe_Schmo
Dallas_Joe_Schmo

I'm confused.

Mailer says he went to BC and was on the Jesuit Board, but he attends First Presbyterian? Not like his religion matters as his possible day-to-day job as mayor but I'm curious about this "discrepacy," if only because I know lots of people who care and would want an answer as to what he believes.

JimS
JimS

That's somethng I like about him. We don't need another Talibaptist.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

The $1 million Oncor "donation" should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism for two reasons:

1) As I understand it, Oncor can include the $1 million as a cost which can be rolled into rates; and

2) The City appears to let Oncor slide on its obligations to keep street lights working throughout the City-- it wouldn't surprise me if rigid enforcement of the Oncor franchise agreement with the City of Dallas would cost Oncor well in excess of $1 million. In other words it's kind of like making a $20 donation to a policeman so he won't write you a ticket.

JimS
JimS

I see the name of Pastor Freddy Haynes here on the mailer. Interesting that he's endorsing Mike Rawlings, one-time investor in and director http://www.womensfoodservicefo...of Ace Cash Express http://www.acecashexpress.com/, one of the nation's premiere payday loan companies. Just last month Pastor Haynes was in Austin testifying on the other side of the battle line from Ace Cash Express http://www.legis.state.tx.us/t..., a moving video of which you can see on Youtube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...I'm not suggesting anything untoward here about Rawlings: he's a private citizen with a right to invest in any legitimate non-criminal activity he wants to. It's Haynes who never ceases to amaze: that man does get around, does he not? And what is he really after? That's what I ponder.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Rawlings was an investor and board member in Ace, but has not been involved with that company for over 5 years. Remeber ACE was originally just a check cashing and Western Union location. It has only been within the past few years when they have turned into all of these pay day loans... Mainly after Rawlings left.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Thanks. You know when you tell the truth,you shame the devil.

elbueno
elbueno

How is attracting Fortune 500 companies to the city more important than fixing the quality of life as it currently exists?

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

It's not, but it helps you use the office as a stepping stone to running for Senate.

ChrisU
ChrisU

got it in the mail yesterday. 'cept mine had Pizza Hut coupons attached.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I've never understood the idea that the government can or should be operated like a private business. The entire theory behind private enterprise is that they don't give a damn about you unless you are a paying customer or a potential customer. But even taking the private business angle, CEOs raise prices of their products as their costs increase (unless he literally meant he couldn't raise taxes as a CEO - which would be another ridiculous comment). Sometimes it creates a hardship for their customers if they have no reasonable alternative, and some customers are lost entirely. But they absolutely raise prices, and the tradeoff is generally higher revenue spread over a smaller number of customers. This is actually the business model of the Park Cities, when you think about it.

scottindallas
scottindallas

"when I had tight budgets raising taxes weren't an option."

No, we'd raise fees and really screw the poor people who couldn't afford to pay those, what's really great is we get blood out of these turnips, by actually incarcerating them till they pay up. We've got the police department in cahoots with the program too, issuing warrants, so they're scared, and know they ain't wanted in Dallas. That's how we get the Dallas, we want back. We've expanded Jim Crow, now it gets all the riff raff without regard to race!

That's the only thing he's specific about. What about the Trinity? What about oppressive and restrictive laws regarding street vending and the like? Seems like that might be a revolutionary place where caveat emptor could be employed. Let us decide, get their tax receipts, but let them post a warning, that "this establishment is not inspected and eat at their own risk." I bet we could figure out what's safe.

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