The financial benefit of filing seditious lawsuits

Ladies and gentlemen, your Attorney General:

Best mugshot ever

Campaign contributions to embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton all but dried up last fall after senior staff accused the Republican of abusing his office to help a friend and political donor.

But Paxton’s fortunes reversed in December when, cheered on by President Donald Trump, he filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn election results in four key battleground states.

In the days after mounting the unsuccessful legal bid, Paxton raked in nearly $150,000 — roughly half of his entire campaign haul in the last six months of 2020.

Still, Paxton raised just $305,500 in total, a tiny amount compared to other statewide elected officials who raised millions of dollars to support their campaigns.

Paxton’s own fundraising reports have typically been in seven figures. Campaign spokesman Ian Prior did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The low fundraising numbers show Paxton’s political career “is on life support,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston.

“He went all in to back Trump and the far right and it was a losing play,” Rottinghaus said.

Paxton, in his second term, is up for reelection in 2022. His campaign account has about $5.5 million cash on hand.


After the seven employees’ accusations went public in early October, Paxton raised roughly $10,000, his campaign finance report shows. In November, his campaign brought in $75.

Paxton raised nothing more until Dec. 8, the day after he asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn election results in four states that helped deliver the presidency to Democrat Joe Biden. A few days later, the high court rejected the challenge, which was cast by legal experts as a long shot and an unfounded attempt to nullify millions of lawful ballots.

During that time, Paxton’s campaign brought in hundreds of mostly small donations from across the country. The l argest, a $25,000 contribution, came on Dec. 10 from James Dondero, co-founder of Dallas-based Highland Capital Management, the campaign finance report shows.

Whoever said crime doesn’t pay? He can only sue to overturn the election once, but he can sue over pretty much everything the Biden administration does, if he wants to keep tapping that source of campaign cash. That lawsuit over the deportation pause is the opening salvo. Maybe this strategy to boost his campaign coffers, and score a few policy wins, won’t work, but I feel pretty confident that it won’t stop him from trying.

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42 Responses to The financial benefit of filing seditious lawsuits

  1. Flypusher says:

    ROTFLMAO at no pardon for Kenny.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    Paxton went all in on Trump, and, this being Texas, he should expect to be reelected because of that support. He doesn’t need the massive political war chest paid for by big donors. The voters of Texas know what he’s done.

    So, without Dominion voting hardware in Texas, all that’s left to oppose the majority of Texas voters who actually vote is ballot harvesting of the type Sheila Jackson Lee and Dallas Jones are alleged to have participated in. Thankfully, the Texas SC put the kibosh on mass mailing of ballots, and people here are aware of the harvesting techniques that go on in nursing homes and other institutional settings.

    I’ll be honest, I didn’t care for Paxton at first, but he’s grown on me. I’ll vote for him next go round, no reservations.

  3. voter_worker says:

    I’ve already contributed to Joe Jaworski’s campaign. Paxton, like Trump, is a polarizing and motivating figure for anyone who desires ethical people in elected office.

  4. Manny says:

    Thanks, voter worker, he seems like he would represent the Democratic Party very well. I will do a little more research on him but will probably send him some money also.

  5. Jules says:

    So happy to see Dominion suing Rudy.

  6. Lobo says:

    Getting to know aspiring Paxton replacement Joe Jaworski, formerly a mayor …


    I support innovative programs of local government, whether such plans involve public safety, public health or, as here, voting rights. I support state law that defines duties of local government officials, and then leaves the details to the popularly elected officeholder. I support Clerk Hollins’ affirmative voter education outreach, and helpful provision to registered voters of applications to vote by mail, especially during this fraught and uncertain time where the public health is at great risk.


    The Clerk’s plan encourages voting, it stimulates interest among all voters, whatever their politics, and the substance of the application and instructions is correct. Anytime a public servant exceeds expectations, that is, by doing more than the minimum task legally required to keep one’s job, that public servant should be applauded, not sued.

    As former mayor of Galveston, Texas, I respectfully wish to amplify one point in this matter that pertains to self-governance of local government authorities. I understand the State of Texas has argued within this Election Code litigation that because Section 84.012 requires Clerk Hollins to send a vote by mail application to all registered voters who request one, the absence of language authorizing him to send such an Application on his own initiative (without being asked) means he
    shall not do so. I respectfully disagree with this incorrect and potentially dangerous statutory interpretation.

    The notion that local elected or appointed officials must have express permission from the Legislature or other central authority to act in furtherance of their broad mandate to govern is not consistent with the letter or spirit of Texas law as I understand it.

    In this instance, the Application is broadly available online, and if a voter has no access to the internet, one may call from any phone to request an application be mailed. If such a request is made, the Clerk must accommodate the
    request. That’s the law. At the same time, I see no law that forbids the Clerk from exceeding expectations by assisting voters – essentially meeting them on their level where they live – by sending the Application proactively. But the State’s position is the law implicitly forbids the Clerk from going above and beyond the minimum. That is a dangerous construction of this Election Code provision. If this implied ban were applied to countless other local government laws, then Texas cities, counties and school districts are likely in for a rude awakening in the final analysis.

    SOURCE: Joe Jaworsky’s amicus letter in State (AG Paxton) v. Chris Hollins, in which SCOTX prohibited then County Clerk Hollins from mailing absentee voting application forms to Harris County voters. Docket at ( Jaworski Amicus brief filed Sep. 25, 2020.)

  7. David Fagan says:

    Manny = Q

  8. Manny says:

    Guess I will have to start charging you rent also, as I seem to live in your mind, David Hagan resident Trump lover.

  9. Manny says:

    David Fagan whoever he is also a criminal could be why he won’t post his real name.

    From the past;

    David Fagan
    October 31, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I tried to go vote again to see if I could do it twice, and it worked! I couldn’t believe it! So, that’s two for Libertarians from me!

  10. Jules says:

    Where’s Dan Patrick when you need him?

  11. David Fagan says:


    I am coming to the belief that, though your posts make you sound like an idiot, you are actually very smart. Insulting people by calling them fascists, racists, and Trump supporters must be a plan influence people to become that which you insult them with. Your plan is uncovered, and will not work on me. This disinformation is an obvious pattern of Q-Anon to recruit supporters and I tell you now, I do not agree with it, racism, facism, or your double- speak. So, stop researching people like a crazy person, and go outside and enjoy the trees and some fresh air and stop trolling my Facebook page.

  12. Lobo says:

    RE: “Insulting people by calling them fascists, racists, and Trump supporters must be a plan”

    Well, name-calling is an old rhetorical weapon. No smarts needed, really.

    Whether there is specific intent or not, the effect of the labeling/denunciation tactic in a public forum, such as KUFF comment space, is to bully people and shut them up (silence speech).

    The result is that people with moderate and mixed views (i.e., folks whose positions don’t line up with the current interlocked sets of attitudes/positions on right and left (respectively) in our binary political world), find themselves in a no-man’s land, and are liable to be attacked from both sides.

    Think trench warfare: The Frogs on one side, the Krauts on the other. Both “entrenched”. Very difficult to be a Kraut-Frog in such an environment. Not to mention aspiring to bridge the divide and seek peace, or at least an armistice.

    That puts the person who does not want to align themselves with one camp or the other (because their views don’t match completely with either side) in a very precarious and uncomfortable position. It would typically convince that person that it’s not worth to comment here (unless they are masochists or perhaps conducting a little sociology field research).

    Have you ever considered why it’s always just a few “usual suspects” that regularly comment here? The lurkers have good reason to keep their low profile, even though they could contribute anonymously, lest they be outed, and have their reputations tarnished as a “accused ___” (fill in your favorite label: fascist, sexist, racist, socialist, etc.). It’s like a revival of McCarthyism.

    What happens in this online forum is really a microcosm of our polarized politics in which meaningful dialogue and intelligent fact-based discourse have been denigrated.

    Sadly so.

  13. Jules says:

    Both “Frog” and “Kraut” are offensive.

    Sadly so.

  14. Manny says:

    Lobo you are full of it, why is it that I am not silent? It is amazing that the Republicans/Racist Party engages in name calling all the time, but that is okay because you and others like David and certainly Bill are comfortable with the Fascists/White Supremacy people. Name calling actually has much more value than your simple theory. I would suggest you read more and write less. There is a lot of knowledge out there.

    David you admitted to committing a crime, voting twice is a felony. I only quote you and what you have written, if you find that offensive blame yourself.

    As to your theory, I actually posted a link as to what the intent is, but you idiots are too dumb to look at the links even when I give you’ll a hint.

    When the fascist/Republican Party quits the name calling I will do so also.

    David, I am smart even smarter that the “Stable Genius”. But than again any one with an IQ of 80 would probably be smarter than the orange buffoon.

    As far as I know, I am the only that uses my real name, so not sure what you all are so worried about. Well there is Paul and a few others like Greg.

    Quiz who said the following? Why is that you fascists did not complain of his use of language?

    vice president “Sleepy Joe,” and called him someone whose “intelligence” had been “long in doubt.

    Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!

    I don’t want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary. His time will come!

    He also slammed her as “goofy Elizabeth Warren” during the 2016 campaign, but revived the slur after Warren announced her 2020 bid.

    “I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement,” Trump said during a White House event. “I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'”

    I could go on and on and on, but I wonder why you fascists love that guy and don’t like it when I do the same? Is it because I ain’t a white male? Tell me David why Trump is okay insulting people but I am not. Same question to you Lobo.

  15. Manny says:

    David, let me point to you that you think I sound like an idiot, but I have not admitted to committing a felony like you did. Who is the idiot?

  16. Manny says:

    Jules you are correct as to frogs and certainly kraut. An a self call intellectual like Lobo called himself, one would think that he should be able to make the same argument without resorting to use of derogatory names.

    Hint, hint, hint, hint …. HINT

  17. Manny says:

    One more insult Lobo, simple minds tend come up with simple answers. You proved the point with that awesome intellect that came to such a simple conclusion. I expect that simplicity from students in elementary school.

  18. David Fagan says:


    I’m saying you are very smart, I just don’t want to be a part of what you’re selling, Mr. Q, or Manny-Q, Mr. Mannonon.

  19. C.L. says:

    So much hate. If I were a psychologist, I’d be interested in learning where it all comes from.

  20. Lobo says:

    Oh Mein Gott, Jules, lighten up!

    Before Angela, the Krauts even had a cabbage head for chancellor (Kohl). Also known as the Unification Chancellor. No dishonor. Angela Merkel got started as Helmut Kohl’s protegée and was known in the 1990s as “Kohl’s girl”. He himself called her “mein Mädchen” (my girl). No, not Fräulein.

    I am not saying it’s good or bad, it’s just historical fact. And the same is true of US soldiers calling the Germans Krauts (and Fritzes) in the WW. And to the continental frog and snail connoisseurs, the Brits were “les rosbifs”.

    As for contemporary kraut, here is some dispensed wisdom from an authoritative source (Deutsche Welle in English):

    Manny: What do you get when you annoy a German? – A sour kraut.


    Here is another ethnic joke for you:

    Q: How many Germans does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: One. We are very efficient and this is not a joke.

    As Mark Twain is quoted as saying: A German Joke Is No Laughing Matter.

  21. Bill Daniels says:

    In the interest of full disclosure, I think it would be enlightening for Manny to just list all the regular posters here who are NOT racist, misogynist, homophobic, etc.

    Manny, is Kuff a racist? He’s a straight white male, after all.

  22. Manny says:

    Lobo you did make me laugh with your joke.

    Bill list all the regular posters.

    C.L. welcome to the world of Republican v Democrats. If one wants to play the game one must play by the same rules, assuming one is playing to win. Let me list that site again, read it C.L. if politics offends you join the tens of millions that don’t engage. Look at this way C.L. these are words, I know I don’t have any animosity against anyone including Bill. There are people out there killing each other, this is a safer way to let off steam.

  23. Jules says:

    Bill is a racist, and even made up a racist word.

    Lobo, the fact that you can use a slur in a joke is nothing new. The hate letter I saw Hank Aaron read in the clip Sunday was a “joke” that contained a slur. It was heartbreaking.

    The fact that Lobo uses not just one, but two slurs, in a comment that is supposed to say name-calling is bad, is on-brand for Lobo.

    I will be taking a break from this nonsense.

  24. Bill Daniels says:

    Manny, you have detailed files on anyone who posts here, you save years old comments, so I’m sure you already know who all the regular posters are, but if it’s too much trouble, you could just list the people who posted in this thread, and include Kuff, and just tell us, are ANY of them not racist, sexist homophobic bigots? Any? Just tell us who is NOT.

    It seems like you’re going out of your way not to call Kuff a racist, Manny. You’ve called virtually every other poster here racist at one time or another. Here’s your chance to tell us which among us is virtuous enough for you. Which of the white men that post here are ‘model majority?’

  25. Lobo says:

    DER FRITZ UND SEIN WITZ [What Germans think about Jerry Jokes]

    Bill: Thanks for the heads-up regarding Manny’s dossier compilation. He hasn’t outed “Lobo” yet, so perhaps he is still sleuthing. It may be time to go undercover once more and reincarnate myself as Kraut-Frog. Perhaps that makes my new character eligible for the appellation double-traitor (analogous to double-agent), rather than just a garden-variety fascist … and bona-fide collaborateur, naturellement. And at the minimum, triple-offensive. — Jules?

    By the by, I would counsel against calling Kuff a racist, Manny, or one of the other names. It’s his blog and he can kick you off at will. That would be an exercise of his First Amendment rights.

    Come to think of it, Kuff sounds rather German, too … as in Kuffner/Küffner. Turns out the surname has a literal meaning, which roughly equates to cooper in English: maker of barrels such as might be used to hold Sauerkraut.

    Lobo has been binge watching Deutsche language & culture shock material on YouTube, plus a video on how to sour the kraut in your own kitchen. Did you know there is even a musical genre called “Krautrock”?

    Here is a pedestrian episode that is germane [SIC] to our topic:
    (How Germans react to jokes about Germans | Easy German 203)(samplings from the street in Berlin).

    Warning: contains Franco-German humor material that sensitive audience members may find offensive. Actually, it starts right off with a German “occupation” joke, and it gets worse (“schlimmer”) in the multi-lingual viewer comment section below.

    Joke credit: The previously posted Teuton jokes come for that comment section.
    Lobo had no role in their creation, only in their propagation.

    Disclaimer: I am not a native Kraut-Frog. Just fixing to play one on OTK. Au revoir mes amis. Tschüss!

  26. Bill Daniels says:

    On Topic:

    Paxton WON our very first lawsuit against Biden. Turns out he can’t just stop deportations because he says so. Winning!

  27. Lobo says:

    Shocking as it may be — Paxton commandeering federal immigration policy — it’s only a TRO (temporary restraining order) at this juncture. That’s not a final determination on the merits.

    Paxton is over-congratulating himself, and the claim that the Biden Administration moratorium amounts to “a seditious left-wing insurrection” is outrageous hyperbole. Just what you can expect, given the source of the communication.

    That said, calling the other side “Fascist” does no good either (except perhaps help them with their fundraising), and should be rejected likewise.

  28. Manny says:

    The fascist party will do what it will, Bill as a bonafide card-carrying fascist party member does what he does.

    Why would I have detailed files of everyone that posts on this website, no need for that if you look to your right there are archives there going back years?

    Actually, I consider you my lab rats. There is the racist, the self-described intellectual, and the mild-mannered federal employee.

    Testing rats on what sets them off.

  29. Manny says:

    Oh yes, there is also, the bitter fireman.

  30. Bill Daniels says:


    Releasing, in most cases, illegal aliens who have committed crimes in the United States beyond just illegal entry would have put waves of violent shock troops back into our communities, to continue their reign of terror, in conjunction with the other left paramilitary factions, the blm and antifa.

    Yes, it’s a TRO, but it really boggles the mind just how we can justify NOT deporting criminal illegal aliens, which most of those in queue for deportation actually are. They’re the ones crashing into your loved one while drunk, robbing your house, carjacking you, etc. It’s just crazy how the left has embraced criminals, both citizen and illegal alien.

    Isn’t it interesting that the very first Biden edicts benefit…..foreigners? Compare and contrast with Trump’s edicts, which benefited American citizens of all stripes. In fact, if we really want to look at it, Biden’s actions thus far have not only been for the benefit of foreigners, but have hurt real American citizens. Thousands were just thrown out of work on the KeystoneXL ppl. There aren’t any ready made jobs for those thousands to transfer to…they’re just American citizens who had good paying jobs, that no longer have them. Then there’s the attack on American citizen women who enjoy playing sports. Now the TERF’s and even the straight girls, like some of the daughters of those here on this forum, are forced to be subjugated, to play against men who think they are women.

    How are y’all going to feel when it’s your daughter playing against a male in a dress?

    I suppose it’s all hunky dory until it’s YOUR daughters that are negatively impacted.

  31. Bill Daniels says:

    Oh, lookie! Here’s the next Biden winner. This will put a very conservative MILLION American citizen workers out of jobs, and have the ancillary benefit of making us once again dependent of foreign oil, and thus, less secure, less strong than we are now.

    I’m all for solar and wind energy, but don’t kill O&G and coal before we have capacity to replace it already on line. Or do, so we can get those Middle East wars cranked up again. I see Biden has already re-invaded Syria, and we’re just getting started.

    Who benefits from this? Warren Buffet, who owns the railroads, the MIC, who wins when we are actively warring. Who loses? Everyone who loses purchasing power as the price of literally everything increases because of high energy prices. Also, the families of the dead and maimed soldiers. They lose, too.

    I guess the only sane play here is to invest in Raytheon to offset the losses I’ll experience from high energy prices.

  32. Manny says:

    Typical fascist/racist rant by the Republican representative. They were not going to stop deporting criminals. The Muslims are allowed to visit to come and take jobs.

    Rant and whine, that is what the Republican fascists/racists are able to do. Whiny lazy people.

    You Republican/Fascist listen to what your party has become because what Bill writes is what the Republican/Fascist Party stands for.

    “Then there’s the attack on American citizen women who enjoy playing sports. Now the TERF’s and even the straight girls, like some of the daughters of those here on this forum, are forced to be subjugated, to play against men who think they are women. “

  33. Manny says:

    to visit not take jobs

  34. David Fagan says:


    Slowly put down the comments section and calmly step away from the blog…..

  35. Lobo says:

    Re: Paxton’s premature declaration of victory upon entry of 14-day freeze:

    “In so doing [granting the TRO], the Court makes clear that this Order is not based on the “Agreement Between Department of Homeland Security and the State of Texas” attached as Exhibit “A” to Plaintiff’s Complaint. The issues implicated by that Agreement are of such gravity and constitutional import that they require further development of the record and briefing prior to addressing the merits.

    Rather, the Court finds that a TRO maintaining the status quo as it existed prior to the implementation of the January 20 Memorandum’s 100-day pause is appropriate under the Administrative Procedures Act (the “APA”).

    Accordingly, and pursuant to Rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Defendants are enjoined from executing the 100-day pause on removals for 14 days for the reasons and in the manner described below.”


    Next: More evidence, briefing, and a preliminary injunction hearing.

  36. Manny says:

    David Fagan, admitted to committing a felony.

    David Fagan admitted to wanting to blow up Washington with a grenade.

    David Fagan proud Trump supporter.

    David Fagan = Fascist/Racist

    Will stop commenting when fascists/racist stop their attempt to overthrow our government.

  37. Bill Daniels says:

    Hey Manny,

    Did you know that Biden created an EO to specifically make it illegal to refer to the coronavirus as the “China virus,” or the “Chinese virus” in spite of the fact that it originated in Wuhan, China, home of their lab that works on weaponizing viruses? (shocking coincidence, amirite?)

    This is the kind of important stuff a real president does in the first 100 days, to really help the country move forward. Aren’t you a little miffed that he didn’t do anything for American Hispanics, Manny? Where’s your EO?

    I didn’t see where he banned calling the China virus the ‘Wu flu,’ though, so I’ll still just call it that.

  38. Bill Daniels says:

    Biden’s policies are a big hit with the Honduran caravans headed to the US”

    “‘Biden is going to help all of us’: Honduran caravan migrant explains why 8,000 South Americans are heading for US border after President-elect pledges to give 11 million an eight-year path to citizenship

    An estimated eight thousand people are traveling towards U.S. in the caravan
    A migrant in the caravan said Biden is ‘giving us 100 days to get to the U.S.’
    It appeared he was referring to expected 100 day moratorium on deportations
    Biden intends to roll back a number of Trump’s signature immigration policies
    From Day One of Biden’s presidency on Wednesday, a new sweeping immigration bills is expected to be introduced that will soften the U.S. stance”

  39. Lobo says:

    Re: “China virus”

    Bill: That’s been discussed here previously, if memory serves right.

    There is an international convention/agreement of some sort to not identify pandemic viruses with country names. And that makes a lot of sense. By definition, a pandemic is not localized, and requires coordinated efforts by many nations, if not the entire world, to suppress. Because the phenomenon is global, it’s also desirable to have consistent terminology in English, the lingua franca nowadays.

    The term “Spanish Flu” was an artifact and misnomer, resulting from military censorship of flu news in in some countries but not in others in WWI. If I recall my reading correctly, the epidemic started in the US at military training camps.

  40. Bill Daniels says:


    In the past, viruses were not lab manufactured and then release. Want to talk about novel virus? Releasing a bioweapon isn’t a new idea, but it’s novel, in that I can’t remember when a lab released nasty stuff (the Steven King miniseries ‘The Stand’ excepted of course.)

    I’d think the CCP scientists that worked on this would want to take credit for unleashing it on the world. It’s made China stronger than ever.

  41. Lobo says:

    Bill: I can’t accept your factual premise of evil intent. There isn’t even a conceivable motive here, and no indication of a Dr. Strangelove or Unibomber-type character or rogue scientist having been involved. At worst, it would have been an accident, and the jury is still out on that.

    In any event, whatever the origin/genesis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world has to deal with it, and that’s the thing right now. While not irrelevant in the bigger scheme of things, knowing the origin doesn’t help a whole lot with mitigation and vaccination.

    That’s not to deny that there is a history here. Hitler’s scientists and engineers did some nasty stuff on the ABC front, for potential use against the Allies. There isn’t that much interest any more (and it’s long ago that Herr Wernher von Braun did good and made history by transporting a pair of amiable strangers to the moon), but we know a lot more today about the German “Prisoners of Peace” because the secret files have been declassified, and the tale told in great detail.

    Just Google “Operation Paperclip” if interested. The book is available on Amazon, of course, and there is also a pretty good wiki page on the topic although it doesn’t have much on the biological agents and chemical weapons program specifically. The book has more on the different components of the operation by the OSS, forerunner of the CIA.

    Annie Jacobsen, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists To America (2014).

    Also: Never Forget! – Today is 2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration

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