My letter to Travis DA Ronnie Earle to Investigate Sen. Kirk Watson and his many "conflicts of interest" Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

My letter to Travis DA Ronnie Earle to Investigate Sen. Kirk Watson and his many "conflicts of interest"
 


3 October 2007 at 7:43:40 PM
pstern

Texans, please join me in seeing that the "scales of justice" stay in balance.

 
Contact DA Ronnie Earle at:     ronnie@RonnieEarle.com
 
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Dear Office of DA Ronnie Earle:
 
Please accept this letter as a formal request for your office to investigate and prosecute Sen. Kirk Watson who is documented as having several "conflicts of interests" which is a criminal act and is NOT in the best interests of Texas taxpayers and residents.  Please note the following:
 
Soon after Sen. Kirk Watson became Chair of CAMPO, an organization that directs billions of road dollars in Central Texas, records show Watson was put on the payroll of developers who profit from important transportation decisions.

Additional conflicts are now revealed for the first time.

Records from a FOIA request show Sen. Kirk Watson, as partner of law firm Hughes & Luce, bills the City of Austin at a rate of $450 per hour for representation on land deals with developers. Over $420,000 has been paid to Watson’s law firm, by the City of Austin in the last two years.

Watson is being paid an undisclosed amount of money as a lobbyist for developers, as well as billing taxpayers $450 an hour to oppose developers, while being chair of CAMPO - an organization that controls the purse strings for developer roads.

How can Watson fairly represent the people while having so many conflicts?

Watson is now pushing an unpopular plan to shift our freeways to toll ways using $910 million tax dollars. Developers see the double tax tolls as an eternal slush fund to pay for more roads to their cheap land.

The 2006 Austin Chamber of Commerce annual report, reveals that Sen. Kirk Watson individually, and his law firm both contributed money to the pro toll Chamber. (see page 23 - www.austinchamber.com/WhatsNew/2006OAAnnualReport.pdf)

Watson, a multimillionaire with a $2 million dollar home who profits off his many positions, can afford to pay exorbitant toll rates set by an unelected, unaccountable toll authority. But can most families?

Watson not only controls the game of roads and development, but he is the game.
 
In closing, the people of Texas need protection from officials like Sen. Watson.  It is with great hope that your office ultimately will do so.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Peter Stern
 

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1 - salon   4 Oct 2007 @ 10:30:33 AM  Can't wait to see what Earle responds on this.
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2 - pstern   5 Oct 2007 @ 3:31:45 PM  FYI, I have filed several such formal complaints with Earle's office.  Most of them have not come to any determination or fruition of results.  However, one that did was my formal complaint against "The Hammer" and the result is history!
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