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November 12, 2004

The Little Matter of Halliburton's $3000

Sometimes this job is really frustrating. Unlike most other progressive sites on the internet, we make sure to verify and note sources for the facts we report. While researching the article on Alberto Gonzales, we kept finding mention of a $3,000 campaign contribution allegedly provided to Gonzales by Halliburton. But the only source we can find cited anywhere (or rather implied in one report) is Texans for Public Justice, whose website makes no mention of such a contribution. We’ll follow up with them at a more decent hour (it is midnight now and we want to post the story), but if anyone has an actual source for this elusive tidbit, please let us know.

In the meantime, would it be too much for us to ask our colleauges to please start citing sources? Thanks.


craigmcdonald: Halliburton's $3000, er $4,000

On July 29, 2000, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that sources connected to the Halliburton Co. contributed a total of $5,000 to three members of the Texas Supreme Court during the four-month period in 1999 when a case involving a $2.6 million dollar judgment against Halliburton was pending before the court. The paper reported that Antonio Gonzales received $3,000 in Halliburton-related contributions. In December of 1999, the court decided not to hear the appeal, saving Halliburton the $2.6 million. The votes of individual justices on that decision are not made public. The Star-Telegram’s reporting was based, in part, on research provided by Texans for Public Justice.

Campaign finance records filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that Alberto Gonzales received: $2,000 from the Brown & Root (Halliburton subsidiary) PAC on October 27, 1999; $1,000 from Lester Coleman, Halliburton Executive VP and General Counsel on November 1, 1999; and an additional $1,000 from Mr. Coleman on February 23, 2000.

- Craig McDonald Director, Texans for Public Justice

jessica_azulay: The Little Matter of Halliburton's $3000

Thanks Craig! Now that's blogging at its best. I'm glad we held off on this because it turns out, the other places were not quite accurate.

I've now followed up with Craig by phone (mostly to verify his identity and find out where he got the information) and have added this tidbit to the story.

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