D’Metria Benson

The spectacle of lawyers or potential litigants directly handing over money to judicial candidates should be avoided if the public is to have faith in the impartiality of its judiciary. The solicitation ban aims squarely at the conduct most likely to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary: personal requests for money by judges and judicial candidates.    Justice Roberts.

 This website will be on summer vacation:  2013 – 2015 Donors Below

D’Metria Benson is a drain on the legal system.

Williams Yulee v. The Florida Bar

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/williams-yulee-v-the-florida-bar/

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D’Metria Benson’s conduct in her personal law suit in Henderson County, her deposition and pleadings draw squarely into question her ethical standards. Typically this conduct is not what is desired for the judiciary. Read the case, read the deposition and decide for yourself or read the excerpts.

The concept of public confidence in judicial integrity does not easily reduce to precise definition, nor does it lend itself to proof by documentary record. But no one denies that it is genuine and compelling,” Roberts wrote. “In short, it is the regrettable but unavoidable appearance that judges who personally ask for money may diminish their integrity that prompted the Supreme Court of Florida and most other states to sever the direct link between judicial candidates and campaign contributors. As the Supreme Court of Oregon explained, ‘the spectacle of lawyers or potential litigants directly handing over money to judicial candidates should be avoided if the public is to have faith in the impartiality of its judiciary.’ In re Fadeley, 310 Ore. 548, 565, 802 P. 2d 31, 41 (1990).”
Roberts also addressed claims that the direct solicitation prohibition was essentially meaningless since, “The judicial candidates could easily find out who had contributed and even write thank you notes to contributors.”
“It is always somewhat counter-intuitive to argue that a law violates the First Amendment by abridging too little speech,” Roberts wrote. “ . . . . The solicitation ban aims squarely at the conduct most likely to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary: personal requests for money by judges and judicial candidates. The Canon applies evenhandedly to all judges and judicial candidates, regardless of their viewpoint or chosen means of solicitation. And unlike some laws that we have found impermissibly under inclusive, Canon 7C(1) is not riddled with exceptions. . . . Indeed, the Canon contains zero exceptions to its ban on personal solicitation.”
Bob Gammage, a former member of the Texas Supreme Court commented on campaign contributions in “Justice for Sale” for PBS: “If you don’t dance with them that brung you, you may not be there for the next dance.”
Well, D’Metria, notwithstanding the fact that she is Dallas Worst Judge, is back!  And her dance card is full, full, full.
This is a very expensive prom for the attendants and the litigants, no matter which side you are on!   In fact, probably for the first time in her life D’Metria is finally PROM QUEEN!  Who won PROM KING?  Criteria for Prom King candidate is that person or firm whose donation(s) to D’Metria meet Justice Roberts’ standard as:

The conduct most likely to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary:

personal requests for money by judges and judicial candidate.

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This autumn:  Just the Facts

Is there a bias in favor of donors?  

Is there a pattern of conduct?  You decide.

FUNDS RAISED AFTER THE ELECTION:  It is important to review funds raised after the election.  The fact that donations can be made AFTER an election creates an environment in which candidates and potential candidates make a calculated and self-benefiting choice to not  focus on the donation process and abuses, thereby drawing attention to donors.  These candidates, should they be successful, anticipate donation after a successful election from large, consistent donors such as Haynes and Boone.  Large donors will not antagonize a sitting judge, even one with ratings as low as D’Metria’s, by donating to an opposing candidate before an election.
This process, of withholding financial support from an opposing candidate in favor of a sitting judge, is one contributing factor to the re-election of D’Metria Benson.  Review the appellate court donations and timing, the pattern is clear.  Review the large donors and cases set in County Court at Law Number One – there is again, a clear pattern. Do your own research at Dallas County Campaign Finance filings, draw your own conclusions.

Will the Architect of the FIVE TIME SOLICITATION PLAN for D’Metria be Rewarded with More Business or Will Judicial Candidates with Integrity Find a Different Campaign Manager

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An argument can be made that unpacking this Pandora’s Box of unending campaign solicitations harms the judiciary.  Any campaign promoter of this conduct should not be rewarded with further business by other judicial candidates be they Republican or Democrat.
Will County Court at Law Judges Mark Greenberg, Timothy King Fifer and William Kenneth Tapscott continue to retain this same firm, thereby tacitly approving these tactics, whether adopting them for themselves or not?  Or will they find new management for their campaigns?
This conduct of five solicitations directly from attorneys over a 23 month period harms the judiciary.  Any campaign firm that promotes conduct which undermines the judiciary should not be retained by those devoted to maintaining its integrity.  Each of these judges is capable of raising adequate funds without resorting to these tactics of repeated solicitations from attorneys who practice in their court.  Obviously, D’Metria was/is not.  To continue to retain and reward the firm that engaged in this conduct of repeated solicitations on behalf of D’Metria is not in the best interest of the judiciary, justice for Dallas County or of the litigants of Dallas County who find themselves trapped in CCL One.

Attorneys Cannot Directly Solicit Clients but Judges Can Directly Solicit Money from Attorneys

Attorneys can expect to receive donation and contribution requests from D’Metria again in approximately:

The question becomes will other judicial candidates adopt this FIVE time direct solicitation process of D’Metria or will they remain more dignified with the appearance of integrity referenced by the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to asking for money by Justice Robert’s stated standards.  The answer is other judges will probably not adopt D’Metria’s standards for fund raising.  They have demonstrated the ability to raise sufficient funds without constant solicitations.  Their expenditures are in neither the category nor the range of D’Metria’s campaign charges.
D'Metria Benson Solicitation

Other judges are able to raise funds with ONE fund raiser. The Worst Judge in Dallas solicits money from the first window of opportunity to the last. In some professions solicitation is a crime. While attorneys cannot solicit clients directly or indirectly, Judges by law are able to solicit money as often as they like from attorneys who practice law in their Courts in the State of Texas. The “Worst Judge in Dallas County” repeatedly solicits attorneys for donations during the 23 month time frame allowed by law.

 

Total Contributions 1/1/15 to 6/30/15 $  38,995  
Kendall Law Group $       5,000 2/9/2015
Van Shaw $       5,000 3/4/2015
Law Office Tshome Anderson $       2,500 3/2/2015
Justin Dale Laurence $        1,500 2/28/2015
Gloria Akin $        1,500 3/3/2015
Ted Lyon & Assoc $      1,000  3/2/2015
Lisa Blue Barron $      1,000 2/19/2015
Sommerman & Quesada $      1,000 2/18/2015
Gary G. Berman $      1,000 2/26/2015
Gilbert Mediations $      1,000 3/2/2015
Robert B. Shields $      1,000 2/20/2015
Marcia Wormingon / Womington & Bollizer $      1,000 2/11/2015
Burden Mediations $        800 3/2/2015
Angel Reeyes $         500 2/9/2015
Hahn Law Firm $         500 2/14/2015
Bell, Nunnally & Morton $         500 2/18/2015
Stephen Schoultz $         500 3/2/2015
Michael Payma $         500 3/2/2015
Gruber Hurst Johansen $         500 3/2/2015
Benton Law Firm $         500 3/2/2015
Zelesky Mediators $         500 3/2/2015
Modjanad & Associates $         500 2/20/2015
Settle & Pou $         500 3/2/2015
John Wall $         500 3/2/2015
Paige Edwards $         500 3/2/2015
P. Michael McCullogh $         500 2/12/2015
Farrow Gillespie & Heath $         250 2/4/2015
Frank Finn / Thompson Knight $         250 2/13/2015
Quentin D. Brogden $         250 2/11/2015
Dedman Law $         250 2/17/2015
Grau Law Group $         250 2/18/2015
Whitehurst & Caley $         250 2/12/2015
Jane Fraser $         250 2/23/2015
Joan Tarpley $         250 2/10/2015
Wiliam Wiles $         250 2/24/2015
Joseph Zoppolosky / Glast Phillips & Murray $         250 3/3/2015
Diane Minissale $         250 3/2/2015
Tamar Meeks $         250 2/25/2015
Mel Wolovits $         250 2/25/2015
Walker Duke $         250 2/25/2015
Charles Oliver $         250 2/13/2015
Carl Tillery $        200 2/12/2015
Hal K. Gillespie $        200 3/1/2015
Elizabeth Handschuler $         100  3/2/2015
A few more attorneys to add in the smaller $100 to $250 range.

Contributions 2013 to 2015

Al Ellis $100.00 9/23/2014
Al Ellis $100.00 6/6/2013
Andrew Jee PC $200.00 9/23/2014
Andrew L. Payne $1,000.00 9/20/2014
Andrew Yung $250.00 6/16/2013
Andrews & Kurth Texas PAC $1,000.00 9/27/2014
Andrews Kurth LLP $1,000.00 5/24/2013
Andrews Kurth Texas PAC $250.00 10/2/2013
Angel Reeyes $500.00 2/9/2015
Ann Ashby $200.00 6/21/2014
Ann Hubener $250.00 10/22/2013
Arant Law Firm $100.00 5/4/2014
Arturo Singer $100.00 5/4/2014
Avant Law Firm $100.00 6/5/2013
Baker Botts Amicus Fund $1,000.00 5/31/2013
Lisa Blue Barron  LEGIBLE? 5/13/201?
Baron & Blue $500.00 10/20/2014
Lisa Blue Barron $1.000 2/19/2015
Baron & Budd PC $2,000.00 10/20/2014
Baron & Budd PC $2,000.00 6/6/2013
Bell Nunally & Martin LLP $250.00 5/31/2013
Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP $250.00 9/27/2014
Bell, Nunnally & Morton $500.00 2/18/2015
Ben Abbott PC $1,000.00 6/6/2013
Ben Abbott, P.C.  (See also $5K from LAWHR, PLLC) $4,000.00 10/2/2013
Ben Dubose $500.00 10/27/2014
Ben Dubose $500.00 10/27/2014
Ben Martin $1,000.00 9/27/2014
Ben Martin $1,000.00 9/27/2013
Benton Law Firm $500.00 3/2/2015
Bickel & Brewer $2,500.00 8/9/2013
Bill Sims $1,000.00 5/24/2013
Bob Wiley $100.00 9/27/2014
Brent & Betty Rosenthal $250.00 9/23/2014
Brian Gervon $500.00 6/5/2013
Brian Sanford $250.00 10/1/2013
Burden Mediations $800.00 3/2/2015
Burdin Mediations $500.00 9/23/2014
Burdin, Mary $950.00 9/27/2014
Burdin, Mary $500.00 5/24/2013
Burford & Ryburn $250.00 9/27/2014
Cannon Law Group LLC $25.00 4/29/2014
Carl Tillery $200.00 2/12/2015
Carl Tillery $1,000.00 8/9/2013
Carrington Coleman $500.00 6/5/2013
Cathy Johnson $100.00 9/23/2014
Cathy L. Johnson $100.00 5/1/2014
Charla Aldous $500.00 6/21/2013
Charles Oliver $250.00 2/13/2015
Charles Oliver $250.00 9/27/2014
Claudia -Cano? $300.00 10/22/2014
Clint Blackman $100.00 10/2/2013
Colleen M. Martin $250.00 5/1/2014
Conrad, Kasselman $250.00 8/9/2013
Courtney Barksdale Perez PLLC $100.00 6/3/2013
Cozen O’Conner PAC $200.00 10/8/2013
Craig Albert $100.00 9/27/2014
Craig Smith $100.00 10/27/1987
Curtis Marsh $250.00 9/27/2014
Cynthia F. Solls $250.00 9/23/2014
Cynthia F. Solls $250.00 5/25/2013
Cynthia Solls $250.00 4/12/2014
Cynthia Solls $250.00 9/17/2013
Cynthis Solls $250.00 4/26/2014
Darren Wolf, PC $100.00 10/2/2013
David C. Andorf 6/6/2013
David Diaz $500.00 6/11/2013
David Kent $100.00 9/23/2013
David Taubenfeld /Haynes Boone $200.00 6/6/2013
David Watskey $50.00 6/6/2013
Dean & Lyons $100.00 9/27/2014
Deans & Lyons LLP $1,000.00 10/2/2013
Deans & Lyons LLP $1,000.00 6/6/2013
Dedman Law $250.00 2/17/2015
Dedman Law PLLC $250.00 6/6/2013
Denny Marten PC $100.00 10/2/2013
Denyse F. Clancy $1,000.00 9/23/2014
Diane Minissale $250.00 3/2/2015
Domengo A. Garcia $2,500.00 6/6/2013
Domingo Garcia $5,000.00 9/28/2014
Dunn Shehan $1,000.00 missing
Dunn Shehan LLP $500.00 5/30/2013
E. Leon Carter $1,000.00 5/4/2014
E. Leon Carter $1,000.00 9/23/2013
Eberstein Witherite $500.00 6/5/2013
Ebertsein & Witherite $500.00 9/26/2013
Edward Sampson $1,000.00 9/27/2014
Edward Sampson $1,000.00 5/30/2013
Elizabeth Handschuch $100.00 10/23/2013
Elizabeth Handschuler $100.00 3/2/2015
Eric Cedillo PC $500.00 9/23/2014
Eric Morye $500.00 9/23/2014
Farrow Billespie & Heath $250.00 2/4/2015
Farrow Gillespie & Heath $500.00 6/4/2013
Fears Nachawati Law Firm $500.00 9/30/2013
Fears Nachawati Law Firm $500.00 6/14/2013
Fee, Smith Shaep & Vitullo $250.00 6/6/2013
Frank Finn $100.00 9/27/2014
Frank Finn / Thompson Knight $250.00 2/13/2015
Frank L. Branson PC $5,000.00 6/4/2013
Freidman Feiger $1,000.00 9/4/2013
Freidman & Feiger LLP $100.00 9/23/2014
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP $500.00 5/31/2013
Gary Berman
Gary Berman $1,000.00 6/1/2013
Gary G. Berman $1,000.00 2/26/2015
Gary G. Berman $1,000.00 10/1/2013
General Duneis Warehousemon ??? $1,000.00 10/20/2014
Geroge Bramblett / Haynes Boone $1,000.00 6/6/2013
Gil L. Dailey PC $250.00 6/6/2013
Gilbert Mediations $1,000.00 3/2/2015
Gilbert Mediations $500.00 8/9/2013
Gloria Aiken $1,000.00 6/12/2013
Gloria Akin $1,500.00 3/3/2015
Gloria Akin $1,000.00 10/20/2014
Godwin Lewis $1,000.00 4/12/2013
Godwin Lewis PC $500.00 5/28/2013
Graber Hunt Johasen Hail Shank $500.00 9/27/2014
Grady Chandler $250.00 9/27/2014
Grant & Hicks PLLC $1,000.00 8/20/2013
Grau Law Group $250.00 2/18/2015
Grauw Law Group PLLC $250.00 6/17/2013
Grier Raggio $200.00 5/25/2013
Grier Raggio $500.00 5/1/2014
Gruber Hurst Johansen $500.00 3/2/2015
H. Grady Chandler $500.00 8/9/2013
Hahn Law Firm $500.00 2/14/2015
Hal GIllespie $250.00 9/27/2014
Hal K. Gillespie $200.00 3/1/2015
Hal K. Gillespie $100.00 6/5/2013
Handschuler Law P.C. $100.00 10/20/2014
Haynes & Boone PAC $5,000.00 5/28/2013
Henley & Henley $1,000.00 6/6/2013
Henley & Henley PC $500.00 4/29/2014
Hernandez Law PC $1,000.00 4/29/2014
Hightower Angelley LLP $500.00 6/6/2013
Hunton & Williams $500.00 5/31/2013
Winstead PC PAC $500.00 6/15/2013
J. Richard Gallager $100.00 9/27/2014
J. Richard Gallagher $100.00 9/21/2013
Jack Peacock $1,500.00 7/1/2014
Jackson Walker LLP PAC $500.00 6/6/2013
Jahid Niza $500.00 11/10/2013
Jane Fraser $250.00 2/23/2015
Jay Zeleskey $100.00 10/2/2013
Jeffery Rasansky $100.00 4/12/2014
Jeffrey Bragaline $500.00 5/31/2013
Jeffrey M. Tilotson $2,500.00 5/1/2014
Jessica Praeger $100.00 6/6/2013
Joan Tarpley $250.00 2/10/2015
Joan Tarpley $250.00 10/27/2014
Joan Tarpley $500.00 11/5/2014
Joe Kendall $2,500.00 6/5/2013
John E. Sullivan $100.00 6/5/2013
John Howie $1,000.00 9/29/2013
John J. Diggins $100.00 9/27/2014
John J. Diggins $200.00 10/4/2013
John L. Langdon $1,000.00 9/23/2014
John Stillwell $100.00 5/1/2014
John Stilwell $100.00 9/20/2014
John Wall $500.00 3/2/2015
Johnson Tobey $500.00 6/5/2013
Joseph P. Griffith $75.00 6/6/2013
Joseph Zoppolosky / Glast Phillips & Murray $250.00 3/3/2015
Julie A. Zanutto $100.00 9/23/2014
Julie A. Zanutto $100.00 5/1/2014
Julie A. Zanutto $100.00 6/6/2013
Julie Zanutto $100.00 10/2/2013
Justin Dale Laurence $1,500.00 2/28/2015
Kane Russell Coelman & Logan $500.00 10/2/2013
Karen Brooks $2,500.00 10/1/2013
Karl Neal $100.00 9/27/2013
Kastl Law OPC $500.00 9/23/2014
Katherine M. Fragnoli $50.00 6/4/2013
Ken Burdin $250.00 9/27/2014
Ken Burdin $500.00 5/24/2013
Ken Burdin Mediations $250.00 4/12/2014
Kendall Law Group $5,000.00 2/9/2015
Kenneth J. Rubenstein $350.00 6/6/2013
Kim Renee James $100.00 10/2/2013
Kim Renee James $100.00 9/23/2014
Korn Bowdich & Diaz $250.00 5/1/2014
Korn Bowdick Diaz $500.00 10/2/2013
Kristi Lassiter $200.00 6/28/2013
Kristina Kastl $500.00 10/3/2013
Lance A. Pool $100.00 5/1/2014
Larry Rolle $100.00 10/1/2013
Law Office of Julie Johnson $1,000.00 9/27/2014
Law Office of Van Shaw $1,000.00 6/21/2014
Collen Meyer with Van Shaw Law Office $5,000.00 9/24/2014
Law Offices Van Shaw $5,000.00 5/24/2013
Van Shaw $5000.oo 3/4/2015
Lawrh PLLC  (See also Ben Abbott) $5,000.00 9/25/2014
Tshome Anderson Law Office $2500 3/2/2015
Lee Worley $100.00 9/27/2014
Lewis LeClair $1,000.00 10/28/2013
Linda M. Dedman $250.00 9/27/2014
Lisa Miller Bys $500.00 5/24/2013
Lynn Tillotson Penter & Cox $1,000.00 6/24/2013
Lyon Gorskey Haring $100.00 8/13/2013
M. Nawaz PC $1,000.00 5/4/2014
Madjanad & Abusaad $3,138.00 10/2/2013
Marc Lenahan $500.00 10/?/13
Marcia Wormingon / Womington & Bollizer $1,000.00 2/11/2015
Margaret Jones Johnson $100.00 10/20/2014
Margaret Jones Johnson $100.00 8/28/2013
Margaret Jones Johnson $100.00 6/6/2013
Mark A. Ticer $200.00 5/12/2013
Mark L. Johansen $250.00 6/10/2013
Mary E. Skelnik $250.00 9/23/2014
Mary E. Skelnik $250.00 5/1/2014
Mary M. Burdin Attorney $500.00 4/12/2014
Mastrogiovanni, Schorsch & Merskey $500.00 10/2/2013
Mazin Ahma Sbiatz $250.00 10/2/2013
McDonald Devin P.C. $250.00 10/2/2013
McKey Morrison & Sanchez $500.00 6/6/2013
Mel Wolovits $250.00 2/25/2015
Mel Wolovitz $250.00 missing
Mel Wolovitz $250.00 9/27/2014
Mel Wolovitz $250.00 5/24/2013
Melodee Armstrong $2,500.00 10/20/2014
Melodee Armstrong $2,500.00 10/2/2013
Michael McCullogh $50.00 5/28/2013
Michael McCullough $250.00 10/1/2013
Michael McCullough $500.00 5/1/2014
Michael Payma $500.00 3/2/2015
Michael Payma $1,000.00 6/6/2013
Michael V. Marconi $250.00 5/1/2014
Michael Wimbixh $150.00 10/20/2014
Michele Wong Krause $100.00 10/2/2013
Michele Wong Krause $100.00 9/9/2014
Michele Wong Krause $150.00 5/30/2013
Miller Weisbrod $2,500.00 5/4/2014
Miller Weisbrod LLP $1,000.00 5/28/2013
Miller Weisbrod LLP $2,500.00 9/16/2013
Mitchell Goff & Mitchell $1,000.00 9/24/2013
Modjanad & Assoc $200.00 6/5/2013
Modjanad & Associates $500.00 2/20/2015
Mr. W.D. Wiles $200.00 9/23/2014
Mullin Law $250.00 10/2/2013
Niles Silch $750.00 6/24/2013
Nina Cortell $100.00 6/6/2013
P. Michael McCillogh $500.00 2/12/2015
Paige Edwards $500.00 3/2/2015
Payma Kuhnel & Smith $1,500.00 10/2/2013
Quentin Brogden $250.00 5/25/2013
Quentin D. Brogden $250.00 2/11/2015
Rad Law Firm $500.00 9/23/2014
Raul Eliyondo $200.00 6/21/2014
Reyes Broune Reilley $250.00 6/7/2013
Richard Capshaw $250.00 8/9/2013
Richard Capshaw $500.00 9/27/2014
Richard D. Pullman $50.00 5/29/2013
Rober G. Vial PC $150.00 6/6/2013
Robert B. Shields $1,000.00 2/20/2015
Robert G. Vial, PC $100.00 9/24/2013
Robert P. Gray & Elizabeth Schrupp $100.00 7/5/2013
Roxane L. Rose $50.00 10/2/2013
Roxane M. Guerrenco $250.00 10/2/2013
Samson Greenston Panatrer $500.00 5/1/2014
Schmidt & Holmes $150.00 6/18/2013
Schorr Law Firm PC $200.00 6/6/2013
Schulman Law Firm $100.00 9/27/2014
Scott Frenkel $1,000.00 6/4/2013
Scott Hahn $500.00 9/27/2014
Scott Lidji PC $100.00 9/23/2014
Scott Richard $250.00 9/27/2014
Scott Richard $250.00 9/26/2013
Scottie Ashley $500.00 11/15/2013
Sean S. Madjanad $1,000.00 5/1/2014
Sedgwick Attorneys at Law $250.00 8/9/2013
Settle & Pou $500.00 3/2/2015
Settle Pou PC $250.00 9/27/2014
Settle Pou PC $500.00 6/6/2013
Settle, Pou $500.00 9/24/2013
Shamoren & Norman $1,000.00 9/23/2014/
Shamoun & Norman $1,000.00 9/25/2013
Shamoun & Norman LLP $1,000.00 5/31/2013
Shombe A. Anderson PLLC $1,000.00 4/30/2014
Sommerman & Quesada $1,000.00 2/18/2015
Sommerman & Quesada $500.00 5/29/2013
Sommerman & Quesada $1,000.00 9/27/2014
Standley & Hamilton $250.00 9/23/2014
Stephe Shoultz $250.00 5/4/2014
Stephen M. Ramsey $250.00 9/23/2014
Stephen Schoultz $500.00 3/2/2015
Stephen W. Shoultz $250.00 10/2/2013
Steve Laird $300.00 9/23/2014
Steve Shoultz $500.00 9/23/2014
Taibim Sons Law Firm $50.00 5/29/2013
Tamar Meeks $250.00 2/25/2015
Tamar Meeks $100.00 5/29/2013
Tamar Micks PC $250.00 9/26/2013
Tamor Meeks $100.00 9/27/2014
Ted B. Lyon $1,000.00 5/24/2013
Ted B. Lyon & Associates $1,000.00 9/15/2014
Ted Lyon & Assoc $1,000.00 3/2/2015
Ted Lyon & Assoc $500.00 5/1/2014
The Bush Law Firm $100.00 6/5/2013
Thomas C. Barron $100.00 10/2/2013
Thomas Howery $250.00 9/27/2014
Thompson & Knight PAC $500.00 10/11/2013
Thorne & Skinner $100.00 9/23/2013
Thorne & Skinner $250.00 9/27/2014
Tom Carse $1,000.00 5/4/2014
Tom Carse P.C. $500.00 9/27/2013
Tom McCrory $250.00 6/24/2013
Tom McCrory $750.00 10/11/2013
Tshombe Anderson $500.00 9/16/2014
Tx Dem Party $4,500.00 3/27/2014
Vasallo & Salazar $500.00 8/9/2013
Vella Keller PC $250.00 9/23/2014
Victor Vital $250.00 6/6/2013
Victor Vital $500.00 10/20/2014
Vinson & Elkins $2,000.00 5/31/2013
W. Gary Fowler $500.00 6/5/2013
W.D. Wiles $200.00 5/4/2014
W.E. Wiles $200.00 6/6/2013
Wade Barrow $100.00 9/23/2014
Walker Duke $250.00 2/25/2015
Whitehurst & Caley $250.00 2/12/2015
Wiliam Wiles $250.00 2/24/2015
William Blankenship $500.00 9/27/2014
William Blankenship $500.00 6/5/2013
William Camp $250.00 10/2/2013
William Camp $500.00 5/1/2014
William E. Zook $100.00 10/20/2014
William Hagner & Assoc $100.00 9/27/2014
William M. Hayner $100.00 9/23/2013
Woodrow Bonesco $50.00 6/5/2013
Wormington Law Group $100.00 9/23/2014
Wormington Law Group $500.00 5/4/2014
Zeleskey Mediation $250.00 6/5/2013
Zelesky Mediators $500.00 3/2/2015
D'Metria Bensons Dallas Worst Judge Campaign Contributions
THE JUDICIARY OF DALLAS COUNTY TEXAS NEEDS TO CLEAN ITS OWN HOUSE.  It has been reported there was an internal campaign at a law firm to support D’Metria in the Judicial Evaluation Poll of Dallas County 2015 in light of the contributions made to her campaign by the law firm.  The reference was: “WE NEED TO PUT OUR VOTES IN THE DBA POLL WHERE OUR MONEY IS … AND THAT’S IN D’METRIA.”  That is reported to be a direct unintended consequence of this website.
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Williams-Yulee v. the Florida Bar
A closer look this fall.

Poll Finds Republicans and Democrats Agree Campaign Finance Is a Disaster

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/06/02/3665352/campaign-finance-poll/

Dallas County Campaign Finance Filings here. Review the donations.

Attorneys in D’Metria’s Court Quietly Outraged at D’Metria’s Continued Solicitations

Q&A’s on D’Metria’s Five Fund Raisers

Q.  You received how many invitations to fund raisers with food and wine at Times Ten Cellars from D’Metria?

A. Four, I believe.

Q.  How did you feel?

A.  Like a chump that should have waited until the last one.  I’ve never been dunned over and over and over and over.  It’s a scummy scam as far as I’m concerned.

Q. Did you donate?

A. Hell, yeah.

Q.  Why?

A.  I’ve got several cases in her Court.  Hell, yeah I gave her money.  The woman’s a ….

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Criticism of Website Recognized and Accepted

Regarding the criticism that the images drawn of D’Metria are neither respectful nor tasteful … Correct, no respect here.

You have senior attorneys at major law firms “ye-hawing” their frivolous claims, senior attorneys donating thousands of dollars on the day of their hearing in D’Metria’s Court (and very close to it), you have a judge ignoring the law again and again and again, you have ninety percent of all attorneys that have appeared before her stating she’s incompetent (and worse) and you have an appellate court that takes money from these same folks.  No wonder they’re screeching “Ye=Haw, Ain’t Our First Rodeo!”

Those who are locked out of the donation time frame during the 25 months that donations cannot be made to a candidate by law who find themselves in D’Metria’s Court searching for attorneys who are large donors to present their cases.  This scenario makes the donation a “good investment” in many ways.  Large donors can be joined with other attorneys without a donation history in D’Metria’s court, and reportedly are joined for that sole purpose.  D’Metria spends thousands and thousands on travel, office decor, food, wine, meals, gifts, funds other judge’s do not spend and then hits up attorneys again, and again, and again, and again, and again for MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY.

As always criticisms are recognized and accepted.  The website is modified based upon some criticisms but not upon all, obviously.

D’Metria’s Expenses and Five Fund Raisers 

D'Metria Benson's Travel after her last fundraiser of March 2, 2105.

D’Metria Benson’s Travel after her last fundraiser of March 2, 2105.

After D’Metria’s Fifth Fundraiser Invitations for the event of March 2, 2015, started generating cash revenue to her campaign the first thing she did was purchase a ticket to San Francisco on February 28, 2015, where she ensconced herself at the Ritz Carlton at a cost of in excess of $1500. Legal education at the Ritz Carlton may be more effective. Then on to Washington D.C. where she purchased mementos and charged those with her airfare and hotel to her donors, as well!

5/3/2015 Ritz Carlton – San Francisco $1,576
2/28/2015 Virgin Air $544
5/10/2015 Residence Inn – Washington DC $414
5/11/2015 Virgin Air $149
5/8/2015 U.S. Supreme Court Gift Shop $245
5/6/2015 National Archives Gifts $110
6/1/2015 Gallery Central Framing $326
Total Post Campaign Fling! $3,364

 

Texas Ethics Commission Requirement for POLITICAL EXPENDITURES

A report must include all political expenditures. If aggregate expenditures to a payee exceed $100 in a reporting period, the report must include the amount of the expenditures, the date of the expenditures, the name and address of the person to whom the expenditures are made, and the purpose of the expenditures. Smaller expenditures may be reported as a lump sum.  LINK HERE

Fund Raising Parties:  $27,000

It is difficult to tell exactly what D’Metria spent on fund raising.  One of her five fund raisers has confused postings.  There is a $24k expense that is difficult to tie to a specific event.  Excluding that confusion it looks like D’Metria spent roughly $4,200 per event for four events and roughly $7,000 for another event and roughly $2500 for her “Watch Party.”

Excluding the murky and confusing $25k expense D’Metria spent roughly $27,000 on fund raising and watch parties for the 2014 campaign.

D’Metria is routinely too busy to include the address on her campaign finance reports.

DMetria Benson Ritz Carlton San Francisco 2015

D'Metria Benson - Nothing's too good for our Queen!

D’Metria spends over $1500 at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton after her Fifth Fund Raising event!

 

DMetria Benson Travel Expense

DMetria Benson Travel Expense

DMetria Benson Travel Expense

DMetria Benson Travel Expense

 

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Fly to Austin, rent a car, charge the hotel! Why not?

The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth? $645! Why not?

 

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Integrity Experience and the Temperment to JUDGE?

Campaign Finance Laws are very clear,

The candidate must include the date of the expense in the spot marked “HERE.”  Addresses are also required.

No Address - DMetria too busy to comply with campaign finance laws.
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The typical expense was in the $5,333 range. This additional expense was RECORDED on a STATED date very close in time to the Supreme Court decision on the Benson Affidavit. There is no real indication of when these expenses were incurred to to whom payment was actually made, i.e. law firms that specialize in specific areas ? Internet firms? No indication at all. Just the term, “Management Services.” Management of what? In comparison to other judicial candidate expense this stands out as unique and ‘extra.’ See more on D’Metria’s inabilibty to comply with Campaign Finance Reporting Guidelines below and here as well.

4. DATE: Enter the date the expenditure was made. The date of an expenditure is not necessarily the date goods or services are received. It is the date on which the obligation to make a payment is incurred, as long as the amount of the payment is “readily determinable”. Generally, the amount of an expenditure is known (and therefore readily determinable) when the obligation is incurred, but in some cases the amount is not known until the receipt of a bill. An amount is readily determinable if the vendor can provide the amount at the filer’s request.

 Example: On June 29th, a filer orders political signs. On July 16th, the filer receives the invoice for the signs. The date of the expenditure is June 29th if on that date the vendor can provide the amount the filer will owe the vendor for the signs. Filers should request a vendor to provide the amount of an obligation at the time the obligation is incurred.

Example: Filers will generally not know the cost of a long-distance telephone call until receipt of a monthly (periodic) bill. In that case, the date the expenditure for the telephone call would be the date the bill was received.

http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/forms/JCOH_ins.htm#SCHEDULE_F

http://www.dallascounty.org/department/countyclerk/courtorders/finrpts/Benson_D’Metria/Oct2014_Dec2014.pdf

 

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 Expensive Webite: http://dmetriabenson DOT Com

$7500 for a digital campaign?

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Democracy Tool Box and D’Metria Benson Expense

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Democracy Toolbox More D'Metria Benson Expense!

Democracy Toolbox More Expense!

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Five Fund Raisers Helped Pay this Bill! Only a small fraction of the $227K Plus Raised!