On the very day that Bush signed the bill into law, a number of top lobbyists sent out an invitation for a fundraiser luncheon for Pete Olson.
According the the article in Harper's magazine:
The fundraiser was held at the Independence Avenue townhouse of Williams & Jensen, a top lobbying firm whose clients include a number of big energy and pharmaceutical firms, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The lobbyists hosting the affair included Greg Laughlin, a former congressman, John Runyan,Williams & Jensen is where Barbara Bonfiglio worked when she was the assistant treasurer or treasurer for many troubled PACs and charities run by politicians -- including Tom DeLay's infamous ARMPAC.
who is a lobbyist for International Paper, and Jeff Munk, who previously helped raise money for DeLay.
We're not saying Olson did anything illegal by having that fundraiser. And, the fundraiser may also have been perfectly "ethical" as defined by the Washington establishment. But we have a feeling the voters in CD22 are likely to find this kind of information more than a little unsettling. The last thing we need is another DeLay wannabe or even someone who smells like a DeLay clone here. That's likely why, in spite of raising so much money, Olson is having a hard time getting any real support locally.
None of the other candidates running for the GOP nomination, even including Sekula Gibbs, have taken the kind of money Olson has from special interest groups and groups outside CD22. Look for voters to cast their ballots for a candidate that's actually been around the district in the last 20 years and whom they know. Despite some early buzz on the guy, we're not sure, at this point, that Olson will be able to make the run-off.
P.S. a hat tip to Greg in Pearland for the heads up on this.