“Conservative Republicans of Harris County” Mailer Complaint

We are investigating the following material published by the “Conservative Republicans of Harris County” PAC (President Steven F. Hotze M.D., Treasurer Bart C. Standley) for its reference sources (if they exist) in order to inform voters of the basis on which the claims within the material are founded (or not). The treasurer for this PAC was found to be unreliable in 2014.

Conservative Republicans of Harris County (front)
Conservative Republicans of Harris County (front)
Conservative Republicans of Harris County (back)
Conservative Republicans of Harris County (back)

Negatively impacted candidates include:

US Representative District 7

Maria Espinoza
James Lloyd

US Representative District 8

Andre Dean
Steve Toth
Craig McMichael

Railroad Commission

Lance N. Christian
Doug Jeffrey
John Greytok
Weston Martinez
Wayne Christian
Ron Hale

Supreme Court, Place 3

Michael Massengale

Supreme Court, Place 5

Paul Green

Supreme Court, Place 9

Joe Pool

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2

Chris Oldner
Mary Lou Keel

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5

Scott Walker
Steve Smith
Brent Webster

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6

Richard Davis

State Representative, District 127

Mitchell Bosworth

State Representative, District 128

Melody McDaniel
Wayne Smith

State Representative, District 130

Kay Smith

State Representative, District 134

Sarah Davis

State Representative, District 150

Theresa Hearn-Haynes
Al Zolli
Debbie Riddle

14th Court of Appeals, Place 2

Kevin Jewell

80th District Court

Will Archer

125th District Court

L.A. Olson

151st District Court

Aaron Gabriel Adams

178th District Court

Xavier Alfaro
Nile Bailey Copeland
Bash Sharma

339th District Court

Antonio Benavides

County Civil Court at Law, 1st

Gloria Cantu Minnick

County Attorney

Chris Carmona


Carl Pittman
Paul Day

Tax Assessor-Collector

Don Sumners

County School Trustee, Position 1 Precinct 2

Marvin Morris

County School Trustee, Position 2 Precinct 4

Danell Fields

County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Sam “Tejas” Texas

JP Precinct 4 Place 1

Dan Garcia

Constable Precinct 4

Rolf Nelson

Constable Precinct 5

Al Hoang

Republican Party Chair

Tex Christopher
Paul Simpson

5 thoughts on ““Conservative Republicans of Harris County” Mailer Complaint”

  1. Called the number provided on the Texas Ethics Commission website (below) and was directed by the answering intern’s supervisor, Sara Kenny, to contact Jeff Yates at 832-545-7644. Left a message approximately an hour ago. The phone calls were recorded.


    Conservative Republicans of Harris County Standley, Bart C.
    Account: 00028384 One Greenway Plaza, Ste. 225
    Acronym: CRHC Houston, TX 77046
    Committee Type: General Purpose (713) 526-3399
    Files Reports: Semi-Annually
    One Greenway Plaza, Ste. 225
    Houston, TX 77046
    (713) 526-3399
    Filing Status: Active
    Starting Date: 5/31/94
  2. Begin forwarded message:

    From: Ed Hubbard
    Date: February 15, 2016 at 4:23:59 PM CST
    To: [deleted]
    Subject: HCRP Does Not Endorse in Primaries & Condemns ‘Pay-to-Play’ Slate Endorsements

    Harris County Republican Party
    [deleted] —

    We have received numerous inquiries asking if the Harris County Republican Party has endorsed candidates in the 2016 Republican Primary. The simple answer is NO: per its bylaws, the Harris County Republican Party does not endorse any candidate in contested Republican Primary elections.

    We have also heard concerns from voters and candidates about various endorsement “slates” that appear to be Party endorsements in the Primary. In response to these concerns, this is to reiterate the Party’s official policy condemning the practice of so-called “pay to play” endorsements.

    The Harris County Republican Executive Committee last year overwhelmingly resolved that use by endorsement “slates” of Republican symbols and the Republican name “confuses voters as to whether such endorsements constitute the official recommendations of the national, state, or county Republican parties” or their auxiliary organizations.

    ​Therefore, the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee condemned all “pay-to-play” endorsements, by which “supposedly independent individuals, groups, or organizations request, solicit or require any fee, payment, or contribution as a condition of making or publicizing said endorsement.”

    The resolution was adopted in September 2015 and can be found on HCRP’s website at this link.


    Ed Hubbard
    HCRP Legal Counsel

    Harris County Republican Party · 7232 Wynnwood, Houston, TX 77008, United States
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  3. Spoke with Yates’ employee regarding the issues with the mailer and recorded the conversation. Explained that they had a Friday deadline. They failed to provide documentation of their candidate vetting process and therefore Mr. Standley and Dr. Hotze are UNRELIABLE and IRRESPONSIBLE. The recordings will be posted soon (need to address a technological issue).

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