Abbott nominee David Beck

Abbott nominee David Beck

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Last week Governor Greg Abbott nominated David Beck to fill a pending vacancy on the University of Texas Board of Regents. Several media outlets noted Beck’s political contributions to both Democrats and Republicans.

The Beck donation reporting said nothing of patterns therein, and some politician names are conspicuously absent from Beck’s giving according to a search of Texas Ethics Commission records.

Beck has given Democrat Rodney Ellis $18,000 since the year 2000. Beck gave Kirk Watson, a Democrat from Austin, $1,000 in 2005.
Watson, having been appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to the Nominations Committee, will now vote yes or no to confirm Beck, and other appointees, as UT Regent.

Beck has given $43,500 to Friends of the University PAC, representing his only non-candidate giving.

Trey Martinez Fischer received one of the PAC’s biggest donations for his bid to replace Leticia Van de Putte in the Senate. Opposing Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is the centerpiece of Martinez-Fischer’s campaign.

Beck has not given to Lt. Gov. Patrick.

Recently, Martinez-Fischer has been a central part of an effort by crony elements in both parties and the media to ward off accountability and transparency efforts in Texas universities.

Beck backed Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2010 against Rick Perry in their primary, giving the liberal Republican $15,000. Beck then backed Democrat Bill White in the general election contest with $10,000.

A search of TEC filings did not show Beck giving to Perry during his record setting tenure as Governor.

Since 2010 Beck has given Greg Abbott $79,500. Abbott is far and away the single largest individual political recipient of Beck’s money.

Beck is a partner in the law firm Beck Redden LLP. Currently, this firm is representing the Texas Ethics Committee in a case against conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan.

Overall, and according to a TEC search, Beck has given $150,000 to……read more here.

By Daniel Greer

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