Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley for sale: who’s buying?

Left to right: Lobbyist and attorney Nelda Blair, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley.

Conroe, March 2 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley is for sale and here’s who is buying. He pulled in $121,915 in campaign contributions and $14,460 in campaign pledges which he hasn’t received yet. Riley raised a lot of money during the reporting period of January 26 to February 24, 2018, for the Campaign Finance Report he filed on February 26.

Readers of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, can probably guess the jobs, if not the names, of Riley’s largest contributors. Riley’s largest contributor – by far – was Timothy Creson who lives in The Woodlands far away from Commissioners Precinct 2 (in Grogans Point). Creson is the President of Southern Crushed Concrete, Inc., one of the primary road material suppliers to the Montgomery County government.

Riley also received $5,300 from Dave Hamilton, one of the principal engineers of Binkley & Barfield engineers, an engineering contractor that receives millions of dollars of contracts from Montgomery County each year. Riley also received a pledge of $5,000 from James Dannenbaum of Dannenbaum Engineering in Houston.

The vast majority of Riley’s campaign funds came from special interest outside of Montgomery County. Of the $121,915 that Riley raised during the four weeks, $70,360, or 57.71% came from outside-of-Montgomery County sources. Of the $14,460 in pledges Riley has, $9,580, or 66.80% are from outside of Montgomery County.

Riley is running a somewhat barebones campaign in his re-election effort. That’s partly because he’s paid the fake group “Conservative Republicans of Texas” $14,000 to endorse him and produce a so-called “sample ballot” that backs Riley as well as his favored candidates. Several candidates on the March 6 Republican Primary Election ballot have confirmed with this newspaper that the group approached them to ask for payments for endorsements but they refused.

Riley and his supporters are handing out the “Conservative Republicans of Texas” voter guide and falsely telling voters words to the effect, “Here’s the Republican voter guide” as though it was some sort of Republican Party guide as opposed to a paid advertisement through an advertising firm in Houston.

Two of Riley’s largest expenditures were $12,884.17 to Douglas Atkinson, the criminal defense lawyer who is defending Riley in the criminal indictment for “official misconduct” and violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act that could ultimately result in Riley’s removal from office, if he’s re-elected.

Riley also paid another $2,000 for the fake “sample ballot.”

Don’t worry about Charlie, because he’s got almost $150,000 in the bank to pay for his criminal defense legal fees, thanks to the County vendors, contractors, engineers, and other special interests who have invested in him.

 

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