Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Mar. 3, 2003

Insurance $$$ Buy Clout

Why is your homeowners insurance the highest-priced in the entire United States? You think it’s mold? It’s because the insurance industry ships tons of money to Austin politicians— and you don’t.

Try to research who gave how much to whom. A not-so-funny thing happens. You hit a statistical brick wall. Lawmakers want it that way. The Texas legislature always refuses to rewrite campaign reporting laws to make information readily available to you and me.

According to our friends at Campaigns For People, in the 2002 election cycle, homeowners insurance company lobbyists and PACS gave at least $1.3-million. Farmers PAC alone gave about one fourth of that. And silly us, we’re holding our breath for bigtime insurance reform.

Candidates for the Texas legislature are not required to name the occupation or employer of their contributors, which is a great smokescreen. And many campaign reports are filed on paper rather than electronically, so you won’t go learning too much.

It is literally impossible to know how much money the insurance industry poured into the pockets of the foxes who are now guarding the homeowners insurance henhouse. Texas legislators love it that way.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


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San Antonio Express-News Feb. 26, 2003
Insurance for homes may drop 18 percent
 

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