Conroe, July 20 – While sparse attendance and a morose tone accented Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s “Inside Camp Party” annual fundraiser on May 18, 2017, at the Civic Center in Conroe, the contributors behind the small amount of funds which he raised for such an event did, in fact, show Meador’s true colors. Meador’s true constituents are the engineers, who want to obtain lucrative contracts from Montgomery County’s government which awards those paydays with little or no oversight.
During the six month period from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, Meador received $24,520 in contributions. None of those contributions came from small contributions from regular people.
More than two-thirds of Meador’s political contribution money came from engineers either doing or seeking to do business with the Montgomery County government. The total of engineer contributions during the period on Meador’s campaign finance report was $16,500, or 67.3%.
The engineers included:
- Jones & Carter $1500 – Tx-249 Taxway contractor
- Jim Russ $1,500
- Terracon PAC (engineers) $1,500
- Ravi Yanamandala $1,000
- Robert Erbegon $1,000
- Dave Hamilton of Binkley & Barfield engineers, $1,000, one of the County’s highest dollar vendors
- Darrel Morrison $1,000
- Gitt Zarenkelk $1,000
- David Eastwood $1,000
- Walter Smith $1,000
- Jack Miller $1,000
- Mark Froehlich $1,000
- Hemalhandra Kolluru $1,000
- John Bleyl $1,000
- Walt Sass $500
- Lan PAC (Land Tech) $500 – Tx-249 Taxway contractor
Only $5,250, or 21.4% of Meador’s political contributions came from individuals or business inside of Montgomery County, which means that 78.6% of his contributions came for out-of-county engineers or developers.
Linebarger Goggan Blair and The Blair Firm, P.C., contributed a total of $2,500. Attorney Nelda Blair is a registered lobbyist with the Montgomery County government. Linebarger Goggan has the lucrative multimillion property tax collection contract with the County.
Two elected officials – Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable and Conroe ISD Board member John Husbands – each contributed $250 to the Commissioner.
Meador’s campaign fund balance as of June 30, 2017, was $13,255.25.
Meador reliably votes for almost every County government spending proposal whether it has backup justification or not. He has consistently voted for the Tx-249 Taxway or Tollway on every occasion when he attends the Commissioners Court. Meador is also a Board member of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District.
As a Commissioner and Appraisal District Board member and policymaker, Meador is able to make sure property tax collections remain high and that the County government spends at least the amount it collects, if not substantially more in the form of debt.
Mike Meador is a man of the (engineering) people.