Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler is drawing fresh and livid criticism from party activists from across the state with the pre-convention fundraising campaign that he’s launched. In an apparent effort to boost monthly donations to the party through the RPT’s Grassroots Club, Mechler has promised priority access to the Dallas convention’s discounted hotel rooms for members of the club. The RPT convention is scheduled for May 12-14.
The Grassroots Club requires a party supporter to donate $8.25 per month, or $99 per year. Although exact membership numbers are not known, estimates from those with their ears and eyes on the action place active monthly donors at approximately just over 6000.
RagingElephantsRadio.com encourages crowd sourcing for news gathering. Liberty Movement (LM) influencers, activists, and citizen journalists flood us with tips and contents, daily. The emails being blasted out by the RPT on this issue has seen RER’s inbox hit with multiple complaints. The complaints come with comments such as:
“Can’t believe this guy is still at it!”
“Who does this guy think he is? Don Corleone?”
In the RPT’s latest email and solicitation for Grassroots Club membership and signed by the party’s executive director, Kyle Whatley, a deadline of, March 18, 2016 (this Friday) is set to join the club in order to take advantage of the convention hotel room discounts. But, here’s the sliminess of the pitch…
Around the state, GOP senatorial and county conventions are scheduled for Saturday, March 19. Those that will be elected as state convention delegates won’t be known until then. If one is not a delegate, is there really a reason to spend cash to travel there if you don’t have specific business with the party? Yet, Mechler’s scheme means one has to cough up a monthly donation to the party before the SD/county conventions are held, and the delegates to the state convention are elected.
It’s no surprise or secret that many LM activists and voters loathe the Texas GOP at the moment. They plan to attend the convention in May and be active participants in the deliberative and democratic process of party politics. They have no intention of making financial donations to the RPT, and opt instead to give to campaigns, candidates, and organizations directly.
RERcontributor Eugene Ralph of GameChaingers.com said on RER Wednesday, “I no longer choose to give to the Republican Party. Haven’t done so for years. Why should I? Everything I’d like to see done, they actively fight against at every turn. I learned a long time ago it’s wiser to give directly to candidates you support.”
Mechler’s scheme comes across as a “squeeze” to get Texas GOP primary voters to give money to a party status quo that they are actually fighting.
With Mechler repeatedly showing favoritism to the plutocratic wing of the Texas GOP, LM voters are left with the feeling that they’re being pinched to financially support the status quo just to save a few bucks to participate in the convention in which they’re footing the personal expense out of their own pockets, anyway.
A member of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), which is the board of directors for the state party, wanting to remain anonymous stated, “This makes us all look bad. Some of us would like to be re-elected and continue to serve, and you see a fundraising campaign like this and you wonder how do you distance yourself from it? And, it’s your very own party chairman that you supported for election that’s making these troubling executive decisions, one after another.”
Elected to the post of chairman after the mid-term resignation of Steve Munisteri in 2015, Mechler faces election for a full term at the state convention by the entire delegation.
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