Image: A September 29, 2017, advertisement in which Wayne Mack is trying to entice people to pay money to his re-election kick off event by claiming that it’s the “greatest non political event of the year.”
Conroe, October 3 – Wayne Mack’s re-election kickoff event, which his political campaign is managing, pushes way beyond the limits of judicial and campaign ethics with the numerous misrepresentations he has made to the public about the October 12, 2017, event. In two different advertisements during the past weekend, Mack has tried to entice people to pay money to his re-election kick off event by claiming that it’s the “greatest non political event of the year.”
Mack, who regularly uses the name of the Lord for self-promotion of his political career, has claimed that the October 12 event is his “4th Annual Prayer Breakfast.” But underneath that phrase, Mack does list “Re-election Kick Off Event.”
Most of the advertising for Mack’s October 12 event refers to it as a “Prayer Breakfast” for which individuals may purchase “sponsorships.” The sponsorships include special seating, special recognition during the program, special photo sessions with Mack and the other speakers, and, of course, meals, just like any political fundraiser.
It’s just like a political campaign event. That’s because that’s exactly what Mack’s October 12 event is: a political fundraiser. Follow the money.
Mack is not contributing any of the raised funds to churches, mission work, or even charities. Rather, the proceeds from the “Prayer Breakfast” go to Mack’s political campaign.
That’s why the advertising that the event is the “greatest non political event of the year” is so very disturbing. Actually, it’s not legal either.
Texas Judicial Conduct Code
Canon 4C of the Texas Judicial Conduct Code actually prohibits Mack from soliciting funds for a religious organization. Mack could not raise funds for a church or a religious charity even if he were so inclined, which he clearly is not.
More importantly, Canon 5 of the Judicial Conduct Code prohibits Mack from knowingly or recklessly misrepresenting a fact concerning a candidate. When Mack advertises his re-election kick off event as the “greatest non political event of the year,” he’s directly violating Texas law. The fact that Mack is collecting money for his campaign under the auspices of a so-called “prayer breakfast” makes the entire event so much more disturbing. There clearly are many people who have donated money to Mack’s October 12 event in the belief that they’re contributing to a religious institution or cause. Instead, they’re actually donating to a re-election campaign of a career politician.
Texas Election Code
The regulations of the Texas Ethics Commission under the Texas Election Code answer the question what type of event Mack’s October 12 festival celebrating himself actually is.
Texas law considers a matter “In connection with a campaign” if a communication expressly advocates the election of a clearly identified candidate by using such words as “elect” a particular person, as set forth in Rule 20.1 of the Texas Administrative Code. Texas election law would clearly characterize Mack’s “prayer breakfast” as a campaign event of a political nature.
As a judge, Mack ought to know better than to misrepresent to the public that his re-election fundraiser is the “greatest non political event.” In fact, it’s very political and, unless “greatness” is defined as “misleading,” it’s not very good either.
Mack’s ethical challenges
Mack seems to operate outside of the bounds of ethics and the law regularly. He allows his court staff to engage in obscenity on social media during County business hours. Please see “Wayne Mack’s Court: Wheelhouse Of Inappropriate Behavior, Employee Idleness (The Davenports, Part 9),” The Golden Hammer, June 19, 2017. After he became a JP, he chose to threaten a County employee by text message also sent during County business hours. Please see “Judge Wayne Mack (A Davenport Client) To Marie Moore: ‘You Need To Give Your Heart To Jesus. Because The Rest Of You Belongs To Marc [Davenport] And He Wants His Reputation Back.’ (The Davenports, Part 2),” The Golden Hammer, June 1, 2017. In fact, Mack regularly threatens people he doesn’t like. Please see “‘My Clients Will Not Work With Her Clients On Any Level Or They Will Not Be My Clients’: The Davenports’ Direct Interference With County Government (The Davenports, Part 6),” The Golden Hammer, June 7, 2017.
Perhaps, Wayne Mack needs our prayers.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus cautioned, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and the street corners to be seen by others…But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” Matthew 6:5-6. Mack’s political fundraiser is precisely what Jesus cautioned against in the Sermon on the Mount, because Mack is making prayer into a social media street gawking event.
Mack does need our prayers, because, also in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:44. Mack has persecuted at least one County employee and several others, as the articles referenced above have shown.
People shouldn’t allow Mack to confuse the event, however. Despite his public misrepresentations, the money from Mack’s fundraiser on October 12 isn’t going to charity or church. The money from Mack’s fundraiser is going to Mack.
Follow the money.