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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Texas State Senate Race Sees Lopsided Spending

As Joe Chapman reports in the Amarillo Globe News, 31st District state senator Kel Seliger outspent challenger Elaine King Miller $451,000 to $11,000 in the first six months of 2004. King Miller's largest expenditure was $3,547 for stamps; Seliger's a whopping $421,000 to a political consulting firm.

Seliger's biggest contributor, the Texas Medical Association's Tex-PAC, was $50,000. King Miller's was the Texas Democratic Party, who gave $3,500.

You think Texas might be a candidate for contribution limits?

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Take a close look at the Joe Chapman article. For Seliger he only reported funds from March thru June but for King Miller he reported January thru June. If you looked at the same period ( often done in reporting ) the ratio would have been about $ 1,000,000 for Seliger to $ 10,000 for King Miller. When asked about the difference in reporting dates the Globe News said that it wasn't that important to have the same reporting period and it would no be printing a correction.
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Take a close look at the Joe Chapman article. For Seliger he only reported funds from March thru June but for King Miller he reported January thru June. If you looked at the same period ( often done in reporting ) the ratio would have been about $ 1,000,000 for Seliger to $ 10,000 for King Miller. When asked about the difference in reporting dates the Globe News said that it wasn't that important to have the same reporting period and it would no be printing a correction.
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