Dallas Attorney Lisa Blue Appears to Be Bankrolling Attacks on Democratic Judge Lena Levario

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Judge Lena Levario
Amongst the stack of campaign literature that showed up in my mailbox on Saturday, two fliers caught my eye. One featured photograph of a smiling, competent-looking Tammy Kemp, a top administrator in District Attorney Craig Watkins' office currently running for judge in the 204th Criminal District Court. The other showed incumbent Lena Levario glowering from the bench.

"All you have to have is enough money to have the right attorneys with the right relationships to control the outcome of a court case in any courtroom, including mine," the accompanying quote reads.

The first mailer was paid for by the Kemp campaign. The second says explicitly that no candidate or campaign was involved in its production but was produced by an independent third party, Lone Star Project Nonfederal.

See also: By Holding Craig Watkins in Contempt, Judge Lena Levario Shows She's a Good Democrat. Some Dallas Democrats May Disagree.

The Lone Star Project is a liberal political group founded by Democratic activist Matt Angle almost a decade ago. It's spending most of its energy right now pushing Wendy Davis for governor and trolling Greg Abbott. LSP Nonfederal is the arm of the group that backs candidates in state and local races.

Levario, a lifelong Democrat, would seem an odd target for a PAC that's dedicated itself to thwarting Republicans. Why waste resources on a Democratic primary? No one from the GOP bothered to enter the race.

A quick glance at Lone Star Project Nonfederal's campaign finance reports provides a possible answer. The PAC's leading contributor, according to the Texas Tribune, is Dallas attorney Lisa Baron Blue. She has donated $185,000 since October 2012, about a quarter of the group's total during that period. The $50,000 she chipped in on January 17 is the only contribution the PAC recorded on the report it filed 30 days before the March 4 primary.

See also: Judge Dismisses Charges against Al Hill III after Craig Watkins Refuses to Answer Questions

Blue, it's safe to assume, is not a Levario fan. Levario is the judge who decided that Blue had improperly influenced Watkins to bring charges against Al Hill III, Blue's opponent in a separate legal dispute, and held Watkins in contempt of court. When Blue was called to testify at a hearing, she invoked the Fifth Amendment.

It's also stands to reason that Blue, a longtime Watkins patron, would prefer to have an acolyte of his on the bench rather than an adversary.

As for that quote in the Levario attack ad, it should be viewed with skepticism. It comes from an affidavit filed by a Dallas County employee, the same one that quotes Levario saying she will serve Watkins "on a silver platter to the FBI." The judge supposedly made these remarks in May 2013 while eating lunch with the worker, a mid-level IT employee, at Subway, though they didn't come to light until Watkins' attorneys introduced them in their attempt to have Levario removed from the case.

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17 comments
Americano
Americano

Rich Democrats run attack ads everyday.  Waaah!

swimonedal
swimonedal

that's okay…I"m sure the Hunts are bankrolling Levario's campaign as thanks for her letting Al off his felony charge

jorenste
jorenste

Everyone who received the mailings needs to understand who is paying for them, and everyone who is otherwise supportive of the Lone Star Project needs to let them know this is not acceptable.

orangegirl1979
orangegirl1979

It's funny! I saw that the lone star project was pushing a lot of people. But it had the big 3 on the top of it. Eddie Bernice John Wiley price and Royce west. So does that mean Lisa blue is the puppet master and they are the puppets? Funny how what's done in the dark eventually comes to the light

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Judges should not be elected, this points to another reason why.

James080
James080 topcommenter

"All you have to have is enough money to have the right attorneys with the right relationships to control the outcome of a court case in any courtroom..."

Or any election in Dallas County it seems.

Lisa Blue seems to be the kingmaker of Dallas' democrat politicians.

If Judge Levario is defeated by Blue's money, I doubt another judge in Dallas County will ever dare rule against Blue or one of her clients.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

You mean the Democrats are just a corrupt as the Republicans!!   Shocking

Who you gonna hate on now?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

This is what bothers me the most about our campaign finance laws.


I am not bothered that Ms. Blue is spending buckets of money against Judge Levario.


What bothers me is that you have to dig to find out the source of the money.


If Ms. Blue wants to defeat Judge Levario for whatever reason by spending nevermindhowmuch, go right ahead and just put your name on the ads, not some whackadoodle name, such as "North Texans for Fair and Good Judges".

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Apparently, Levario is insufficiently corrupt to win the support of the Big Money in the Democrat party.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@orangegirl1979  

It's funny and it's sad. Blue snaps her fingers and the three most powerful Dallas county black politicians appear at her mansion seeking approval of their favored candidates and funding for their various campaigns. 

dingo
dingo

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

An attorney pleading the fifth in a trial concerning her own undue influence on a DA smearing the trial judge as willing to accepting similar undue influence in retaliation. 

No, it would look bad, kind of like presidential candidate affair botched coverups.

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