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Phony Republicans Need Not Apply

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Elections in Texas aren’t won in November, they are decided in March, and this March will see some fierce competition. Conservatives continue to escalate the war on liberals that run as Republicans in Texas simply to get elected, and conservatives continue to win big.

March may seem distant, but most 2018 Primary Election battle plans are already underway. Potential candidates are launching exploratory efforts, reaching out to donors and supporters to judge their strength. Read More

Breaking News – Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Calls for Gov. Abbott to Take Action

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PRESS RELEASE
May 24, 2017
Contact: Aaron Harris
Email: aaron@directactiontx.com
RE: Election Reforms – Call a Special Session Now.


DAT Calls Out House for Killing All Serious Election Fraud Prevention Legislation

Requests Abbott seriously consider a special session to address blatant fraud in our system

 (North Richland Hills, TX) Direct Action Texas sent a letter, signed by over 100 grassroots leaders across Texas, calling upon Governor Abbott to use his constitutional authority to force the House to address his priority which they have killed.

President of Direct Action Texas commented on the letter stating, “The grassroots were grateful for Governor Abbott speaking out on this issue, but now that the legislature has ignored his concerns it falls upon him to decide if reform occurs or not. I am grateful to stand with all of these leaders across Texas in asking the Governor to take action immediately.”

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DAT Files Election Complaint on Dallas County – 4th County

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Today Direct Action Texas (DAT) filed its 4th criminal complaint with the Texas Secretary of State’s office regarding election violations in as many counties.

This last Monday Dallas’ ABC affiliate ran a report on voters who have complained about receiving ballots which they did not apply for. When they requested copies of their alleged applications, voters told reports the handwriting is not theirs, nor the signature. (Watch the WFAA story here)

This came as no surprise to Direct Action Texas, we recognized the handwriting on the application shown on the screen as that of Jose Rodriquez. DAT has compiled an extensive amount of evidence on Mr. Rodriguez. Read More

Harrison County Brings Current OAG Investigation Count to Three!

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Direct Action Texas has been notified that investigators with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) have been spotted in Harrison County. This brings the total number of ongoing investigations due to DAT complaints of vote irregularities to three separate counties.

Last year ,  Direct Action Texas found that 19.29% of all the votes in the Hill County Republican primary lacked voters to correspond with the alleged votes. Those ballots have been seized by the AG’s office and an investigation is ongoing.

The Tarrant County investigation has been described as the largest voter fraud investigation the state has seen. Mr. Harris, the executive director of DAT, claimed that numerous elected officials in Tarrant County, including a state representative, have been involved in what is referred to as a vote harvesting operation. DAT’s investigation has uncovered tens of thousands of these harvested ballots. The operation is similar to the activities uncovered in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties back in 2011-12. That investigation resulted in numerous felony convictions. While the Tarrant County operation is similar to that of the valley, the scope is much larger.

Late in 2016,  DAT received a tip of vote harvesting in Harrison County, located in far East Texas. After a brief investigation, DAT referred it to the Secretary of State, who referred it to the OAG. Earlier this week, agents from the OAG were spotted around Harrison County, including the county elections office.

“The fact that our work has resulted in three ongoing investigations makes me proud of our team and the quality of our work, ” said Aaron Harris. “We are not aware of any organization who has uncovered this much election fraud, much less in such a short period of time. To those committing these crimes – the gig is up, ” he continued.

DAT is currently investigating vote harvesting in  Dallas County, which has already uncovered the involvement of both currently and previously elected officials. “This investigation is very promising and appears that it may be our largest investigation yet.”

Stay tuned.

Another Example of Cronyism?

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A top-ranking county official in one of Texas most conservative counties is facing harsh criticism for attempting to use his political position for personal gain.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley recently pushed to improperly award a “no-bid” contract to a client of his government-accounting firm, Whitley-Penn.

During a November 8th, 2016 meeting of the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court, Judge Whitley championed the idea of greater efficiency in county employee health care.

There was an urgent crisis and Whitley had the solution—pay $5,000 to a vendor, Integer Health Technologies, to study the county’s healthcare data. Then examine their findings and award Integer a $400,000-$500,000 annual contract.

The three County Commissioners present, along with several staffers, did not share Whitley’s enthusiasm for the deal.

Both Commissioners Johnson and Brooks were not pleased when It was later revealed that the initial cost rose by $12,000. Commissioner Brooks, a reliable ally of Whitley, stated, “I must admit that we’re not starting off real well going from a $5,000 expense to a $17,000 expense.”

Commissioner Nguyen firmly voiced concerns about fair bidding practices, as are required by state law.  Awarding Integer the initial contract without seeking alternative bids would give them an “unfair competitive advantage” over another vendor who could later bid for the same contract.

Whitley and Integer attempted to improperly use an exception to avoid competitive bidding by claiming the company was the “sole source” for this technology.  Sole source is a label applied to companies for which there is no competitor. But Integer is not the only company who offers this service.

Later in the meeting, Jack Beacham from the Purchasing Department expressed his desire to delay the deal and actually investigate Integer’s claims that they are sole-source. Whitley insisted this could be done after approving payment for the initial study.  According to Whitley, Integer would eventually be proven to be the only provider, so the county should just go ahead with the deal.

Whitley had clearly not done his own due diligence, as Integer’s sole-source claims were false.

A compelling motive for Whitley oversight was later revealed. Integer is a client of Whitley-Penn, the public accounting firm of which Whitley is a partner. This is the typical back room deal cronyism that plagues politics. Integer gives its business to Whitley-Penn, and then, Whitley turns around and gives Tarrant County’s business to Integer.

If it were not for the insistence of Commissioner Nguyen for the investigation into the sole-source claims, along with questions raised by other commissioners, the Integer deal would have sailed through. Without citizens engaged, many do.

It raises several important questions: What other conflicts of interest exist between Whitley and his accounting firm, considering his firm is one of the largest in the state? How many similar deals get pushed through city councils and school boards every week?

It is imperative that we watch each and every official we elect to office.  Choosing your candidate and voting is not enough. Citizens must hold their elected official accountable for each vote they cast.

The term “cronyism” is often used to describe back room dealing made between special interests and politicians in Washington D.C. or Austin.  Yet cronyism happens at all levels of government, especially at the local level.  For a recent example, look no further than Tarrant County.

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