Conroe, January 20 – Not surprisingly, 100% of Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport’s money contributed to her campaign during the six months from July 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017, came from one source: Phonoscope’s CEO Lee Cook, who contributed $5,000 to Davenport, who is the wife of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport who is working to set Phonoscope up as a leading deep fiber optic cable vendor for the Montgomery County government.
Here’s a brief summary of the Phonoscope scheme:
In return for enormous payments from Phonoscope CEO Lee Cook to Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport and Sheriff Rand Henderson, local political boss Marc Davenport (the Treasurer’s husband) ordered County Judge Craig Doyal and the County Information Technology Department to assist with the installation of Phonoscope’s deep fiber optic cable system throughout County government facilities. The County Commissioners Court never approved any contractual terms or pricing with Phonoscope and never approved installation of Phonoscope fiber optic cable anywhere and certainly not inside County buildings or rights-of-way.
One of the benefits to the Phonoscope scheme is that Phonoscope would use the County fiber optic cable system as a trunkline off of which Phonoscope, through a local distributor, could sell services to private real estate developers, municipalities, and homeowners associations. Therefore, Davenport sought investors for the local distribution scheme.
For a more in-depth discussion as well as Marc Davenport’s own summary of the scheme, please see “Corrupt And Shadowy Political Boss Davenport Admits To Whole Phonoscope Scheme: An Annotated Discussion Of The County Treasurer’s And Sheriff’s Corruption, With Doyal, Riley, And The Texas Open Meetings Act As Problems,” The Golden Hammer, January 7, 2018.
In addition to Phonoscope’s Cook’s major contribution, Davenport and her husband Marc loaned her campaign $69,485 during the six-month period, as her January 16, 2018, Campaign Finance Report reveals.
In recent weeks, Davenport has attempted to defend her terrible record as Montgomery County Treasurer by claiming she is skillful at how to “manipulate the county finance system.” Davenport claims that she is so skillful at such manipulation that she is hiding her County Treasurer’s Office procedures manual from her electoral opponent Conroe ISD Board President Melanie Pryor Bush and from the general public, even though Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright has advised her that she must disclose the manual under the provisions of the Texas Open Records Act.
Davenport’s claim at skillful financial manipulation of County finances makes one of Davenport’s largest expenditures even more questionable. The Montgomery County Treasurer has paid $1,567.50 to Tracey Jowers to do accounting, banking, and bookkeeping for Davenport. Since Davenport claims expertise in the fields of accounting, banking, and bookkeeping, that significant expenditure from campaign funds would seem totally unnecessary.
Davenport’s campaign fund account balance would have been $17,335.32 overdrawn, if Davenport and her husband had not loaned her campaign some money.
Challenger Melanie Bush’s Campaign Finance Report
Davenport’s electoral challenger, Bush, filed a mundane Campaign Finance Report. Bush received numerous campaign contributions of varying amounts from numerous citizens of Montgomery County. Her largest contributors were Curt Mortensen of The Woodlands ($4,295), Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark of East Montgomery County ($3,350), and Eric Yollick of The Woodlands ($2,353).
Bush’s most interesting campaign contributor is named George W. Bush. The Golden Hammer asked Bush whether “W” is the real one. Bush responded, “No, he’s not. It’s George Wilcox Bush. His daughter is Laura. But again not that one.”
Bush raised $37,418.00 in political contributions between July 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. She did not loan any money to her campaign.