Campaign finance records show that Republican State Senator Kim Brimer (SD10 - Fort Worth) has again used campaign contributor funds for personal gain. A complete review of Kim Brimer's campaign finance forms from 1987 to the present shows that Brimer skimmed at least $37,953 from his campaign account for his personal use. The Lone Star Project discovery of Brimer's improper, and possibly illegal, repayments resulted from an earlier investigation (PDF) into the Republican Senator's improper use of campaign cash to purchase a luxury condominium in Austin.
Facts: Phony Loan Scam
Documents filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that during Brimer's campaign for the Texas State House in 1987 and 1988, he bilked his campaign for more than $37,000.
- Brimer loaned his campaign $46,000 during 1987 and 1988
- Brimer family members loaned the Kim Brimer Campaign an additional $10,000
- Brimer made a series of payments to himself totaling at least $83,953, reported as "loan repayments," from 1988 to 1992
- As a result, Kim Brimer received at least $37,953 more than the amount he loaned himself.
(Source: Texas Ethics Commission) See Documents Here
Brimer Scandal File Growing
This Brimer campaign loan scam comes on the heels of a Lone Star Project report and Fort Worth Star-Telegram article detailing how Kim Brimer used donations to his campaign to make bogus "rent" payments to his wife. The "rent" payments and the profits from the sale of the luxury condo netted Brimer more than $357,000.
Meanwhile, the Texas Conservative Review has a long article on the "real reasons behind State Sen. Kyle Janek's resignation" in SD17. This is not an unbiased source, as TCR publisher Gary Polland lost to Janek in a GOP primary for the SD17 seat in 2002, but it's an interesting read, and offers a further clue that the seat is ripe for a Democratic pickup this year with the right candidate in the race. Check it out.
The political winds howling through 20 year-incumbent Kim Brimer's backyard forced him to use his position on the Sunset Advisory Commission to talk tough about the insurance industry in the state of Texas. However, his actions speak much louder than his words. According to the Institute for Money in State Politics, the insurance industry is one of Brimer's chief contributors having given him over $133,000 in the last ten years. Brimer, an insurance company executive and owner, has clearly felt the pressure of recent polls released showing that Wendy Davis, former Fort Worth City Councilwoman and his opponent this November, is in a prime position for victory. Her campaign has focused on highlighting consumers' struggles with escalating premiums while insurance companies have seen extraordinary profits.
"The consumers deserve a State Senator that puts them first and not political special interests or politician's pocketbooks. They deserve more than election year rhetoric," commented Davis. "I look forward to standing up for what is right in Austin and making sure that in Texas, we hold the insurance industry to a higher standard."
In his 20 years in office, Brimer has compiled a long voting record that embraces the insurance industry and he has often championed their causes. Among his long list of insurance industry friendly votes are: