Political watchdog group launches PAC
By 09/27/2007 00:00:00
Special to The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - The county's largest taxpayer organization, Taxpayers Alliance for Good Government, filed paperwork recently with the county's elections department creating a political action committee.
The PAC, which more commonly is known by the acronym 'TAGG PAC,' will be able to, under state law, raise and spend money on behalf of candidates and campaigns throughout Ellis County.
'We now have teeth in our efforts of bringing about limited government and lower taxation at all levels of local and county government,' stated a memo released by TAGG's executive committee, which consists of Chairman Marshal Evans, Co-Chair Jimmie Simmons, Treasurer Roy Calender, and Asst. Treasurer Joey Dauben.
'The PAC will allow us to legally raise money on behalf of elected officials and candidates who we feel are doing either what's in the best interest of taxpayers, or preventing conservative principles from being enacted.
'Our first campaign will be the Midlothian school bond.'
The Midlothian ISD is asking its voters for approval of $103 million on Nov. 6; if approved, it will amount to what TAGG calls, 'one of the largest tax increases in Ellis County history.'
The bond seeks to build a second high school ($93 million), an agricultural science facility, and land purchases.
The mayoral election in Red Oak on Oct. 16 will also get TAGG's ear.
'We'll administer our resources where we think conservative principles will have the most effect and we believe it is at the local level that our voices can be heard the loudest,' the executive committee statement said.
'Plus this PAC will allow us to endorse candidates and positions on ballots, so the lines will be clear: government is either for conservative principles or they are not. It won't be hard to pinpoint where candidates, officeholders and government employees stand.'
TAGG, formed during the county's tax rollback several years ago, consists of hundreds of members in various political parties, professions and political leanings. The non-partisan group usually meets once a month when 'big issues are on the ballot, or in the press.'
Membership is open to all Ellis County residents and is free. For more information, contact TAGG at firstname.lastname@example.org.