Empower Texans

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility)
Jump to: navigation, search
Empower Texans
Type 501(c)(4) nonprofit
Purpose To promote free-market principles in Texas
Headquarters Austin, Texas
President
Michael Quinn Sullivan
Affiliations Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Empower Texans Foundation
Website www.empowertexans.com

Empower Texans is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting free market principles in Texas. It is affiliated with Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and the Empower Texans Foundation.[1] Empower Texans is based in Austin with operations in Dallas, Houston and Midland.[2] Michael Quinn Sullivan serves as the organization's president.[1] Empower Texans focuses on fiscal conservatism by supporting lower taxes and spending restraint.[3]

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility[edit]

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (TFR), which is a project of Empower Texans, is a conservative political advocacy group based in Austin, Texas.[4] Founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, the stated mission of TFR is to "create and sustain a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of Texas government, ensuring the greatest amounts of economic and personal liberty, and promoting public policies that provide individuals with the freedom to use their strengths and talents in pursuit of greater opportunities."[5] TFR is a nonprofit organization and files as a 501c(4).[6]

TFR advocates for limited government via reduced taxation and greater public accountability.[7] The group has been described as trying to "purge the GOP establishment."[8] Texas Monthly called TFR "one of the most influential advocacy groups in Austin".[9]

Through TFR, Empower Texans publishes an annual Fiscal Responsibility Index, which is a scorecard the group uses to grade legislators according to how well they protect the interests of taxpayers; and a Taxpayer Pledge, which is signed by lawmakers who promise not to raise taxes.[10][11] The group hands out "Taxpayer Champion Awards" to legislators who score well on TFR's Fiscal Responsibility Index.[12]

Texas Scorecard[edit]

In January 2015, Empower Texans launched a project called Texas Scorecard. Texas Scorecard is a print and online publication of the organization's expanded news section. The publication's managing editor is Morgan Williamson. The print version features content from Empower Texans' website as well as other conservative, Texas-based organizations.[13]

2016 elections[edit]

The group spent $1.4 million in the Republican primary held on March 1, 2016, but fared poorly in the first round of balloting. Jay Dean, the former mayor of Longview, Texas, and a candidate for the Texas House of Representatives in 2016, criticized Empower Texans, saying: "We don't need outsiders from Austin, Dallas, Midland-Odessa, or Houston coming into our elections and telling us who we need. You have the right to vote. You know what you want. Dean defeated the conservative David Lee Watts for the state house in the primary. Watts earlier obtained statewide recognition as the intra-party rival of George P. Bush in the 2014 race for Texas land commissioner.[14]

Endorsements[edit]

Empower Texans made the following endorsements for the November 2016 general election:[15]

Candidate Office District Outcome
Wayne Christian Railroad Commission of Texas Commissioner Win
Paul W. Green Supreme Court of Texas Place 5 Win
Eva Guzman Supreme Court of Texas Place 9 Win
Cole Hefner Texas House of Representatives District 5 Win
Matt Schaefer Texas House of Representatives District 6 Win
Terry Wilson Texas House of Representatives District 20 Win
Mike Lang Texas House of Representatives District 60 Win
Matt Shaheen Texas House of Representatives District 66 Win
Jeff Leach Texas House of Representatives District 67 Win
Scott Sanford Texas House of Representatives District 70 Win
Kyle Biedermann Texas House of Representatives District 73 Win
Dustin Burrows Texas House of Representatives District 83 Win
Stephanie Klick Texas House of Representatives District 91 Win
Jonathan Stickland Texas House of Representatives District 92 Win
Matt Krause Texas House of Representatives District 93 Win
Tony Tinderholt Texas House of Representatives District 94 Win
Bill Zedler Texas House of Representatives District 96 Win
Rodney Anderson Texas House of Representatives District 105 Win
Pat Fallon Texas House of Representatives District 106 Win
Matt Rinaldi Texas House of Representatives District 115 Win
Kevin Roberts Texas House of Representatives District 126 Win
Briscoe Cain Texas House of Representatives District 128 Win
Tom Oliverson Texas House of Representatives District 130 Win
Valoree Swanson Texas House of Representatives District 150 Win
Bryan Hughes Texas Senate District 1 Win
Brandon Creighton Texas Senate District 4 Win
Brian Birdwell Texas Senate District 22 Win
Dawn Buckingham Texas Senate District 24 Win

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tribpedia: Michael Quinn Sullivan". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (September 15, 2014). "Updated: Empower Texans looks to make a Houston home". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Batheja, Aman (May 10, 2014). "A Big Spender Aims to Push State Politics Further Right". New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, John (March 28, 2014). "Suit Over Spoof PAC Ends With Apology". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Empower Texans. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Flahive, Paul (March 31, 2014). "The Source: Tracking The "Unlobbyists"". Texas Public Radio. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Batheja, Aman (May 10, 2014). "A Big Spender Aims to Push State Politics Further Right". New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texan of the Year finalist: Michael Quinn Sullivan". Dallas Morning News. December 23, 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Blakeslee, Nate (January 2013). "Primary Targets". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Garrett, Robert (January 4, 2013). "Gadfly warns: Vote for Straus, get demerits on group’s scorecard for bills his lieutenants smother". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Fiscal Responsibility Index". Empower Texans. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Landtroop receives endorsement". Plainview Herald. December 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "About". Texas Scorecard. Empower Texans. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Glenn Evans (March 22, 2016). "As representative, Jay Dean hopes to give voice to East Texas". Longview News-Journal. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Endorsements". Empower Texans. Retrieved 10 January 2017.