In his unsuccessful bids to be the state representative from this area, records reveal Eddie Shauberger received contributions of well over a quarter of a million dollars. Far and away the majority of this money was from a few large donors rather than receiving small donations from people around the district. It is interesting to go back and look at some of those donations in light of Shauberger’s multiple run-ins with the law.
In October 2002, records show something of special interest to those who have witnessed Shauberger’s strange public life. That was the year that the Tom Delay scandal happened. TRMPAC allegedly was used to funnel illegal corporate donations into the campaigns of Republican candidates for State Representative. Records reveal Eddie Shauberger’s campaign received several thousand dollars from TRMPAC that year.
Also of interest, when reading Influence Explorer campaign donor analysis are three donations of more than $10,000. Two of Shauberger’s large donations come from the Palmerez brothers. These brothers are the same ones Shauberger made all kinds of allegations towards when he was charged with a felony involving business dealings with them. Speculation that after a few years of bitter dispute, Shauberger and his long time friends have rejoined forces with each other to conspire against Ray Akins, have neither been confirmed or disproved.
Also a $10,875 is credited toward Richard Pegues, the County Chairman at the time. When Mr. Pegues was asked about this donation he appeared surprised.
“I tried to help Republican candidates in any way I could, but I never donated that kind of money to anyone. Why does my name appear on there? I don’t know. What was Eddie’s involvement with Congressman DeLay? These kinds of questions can best be answered by the candidate.”
There would be nothing illegal about donations from Pegues or the Palmerez brothers as long as they were not corporate donations. Pegues owned no corporation. Like the Palmerez brothers however, Pegues has parted company from Shauberger, but unlike them, he continues to have serious concerns about the man he thought he knew well.
“I don’t know if he has changed or if I was just always blinded by our friendship from church. It is like he has a list of people he that he feels he needs to exact revengeon. It appears he will use any means necessary. This is far from our pact to work to elect good conservatives tolocal offices,” Pegues said.
(Citation) Shauberger campaign finance link