Friday, September 4, 2020

Butt's Extraordinarily RISKY Letter

"But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.' "
Matthew 25:26


On corporate letterhead, no less.

Obviously, Charles Butts has been one of the most prolific political donors in this state for a long time.   Equally obvious, Butts' donations have tended to be left-leaning.  Nevertheless, this letter is quite the escalation.

It's one thing to donate to vaguely "pro-public education" candidates.  So long as you don't look too deeply into things, so-called "public education" tends to be popular.  Also, the paper trail between HEB and Parent PAC is long enough that political junkies are the only ones who can follow it.

This is different.

Harris County's action this week is an overtly partisan political power grab. It's not vague. You can't hide undermining election integrity behind gauzy, focus-grouped, rhetoric.

If Charles Butt really wants to take HEB down this path, in five years they'll be the NBA.

Bottom Line: His company has a great reputation, it'd be a shame if anything happened to it.

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