Meet the GOP lawyer who pulled a Super PAC back from helping Tea Party candidates in South Carolina and Mississippi. Multiple sources tell Gotnews.com that Chris Gober, a Texas-based attorney with ties to the Republican Establishment Senators Thad Cochran and Lindsay Graham, pulled back a Super PAC effort to intervene in Mississippi and South Carolina.
The interests of Gober, who represented U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and is rumored to represent him in a run for the presidency, appear misaligned. Senator Cruz criticized the Cochran-McDaniel stolen election publicly but Gober pulled back a planned get out the vote operation for Mississippi because he represented Thad Cochran.
Earlier this week the left-wing website ProPublica ran an article about Vote2ReducetheDebt, a $3 million Super PAC founded by Texas billionaire oilman Kenneth W. Davis Jr. The story detailed the back and forth between two groups of consultants over what to do with that considerable largesse.
So where did all the money go? Why didn’t Vote2ReducetheDebt actually get involved in Mississippi and South Carolina?
First there’s the serious question of just how many U.S. Senate races these consultants actually did any work for.
The Davis money was supposed to elect eight U.S. Senators, according to its website. Mike Snyder, a TV news anchor turned fundraiser, mentioned ten states, including South Carolina and Mississippi, on the Steve Deace radio show in June. A Red State post announcing the organization says there were eleven states where Vote2ReducetheDebt would play a role.
I spoke to Snyder earlier this week on the phone and he confirmed that he had little political experience but nonetheless was brought on as a consultant and fundraiser. The only money in the SuperPAC came from Kenneth Davis.
Snyder can be heard on the Deace interview saying that the campaign was only going to get involved in swing states but Snyder also mentioned South Carolina, which wasn’t very competitive.
Checking the FEC filings we see that Vote2ReducetheDebt spent money in South Carolina (where there was no competitive election for U.S. Senator Tim Scott). I can’t find any evidence that the PAC was involved at all in Mississippi.
Why didn’t they get involved in the Tea Party challenge to Senator Graham or to Thad Cochran?
Could it be that the PAC’s lawyer, Chris Gober, the lawyer for the Super PAC, had a conflict in interest? I emailed Gober multiple times but haven’t received a response.
Here’s Gober’s client list with the relevant bolded sections.
7-Eleven, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Governor Bobby Jindal (LA), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (TX), U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (MS), U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (NE), U.S. Senator Dean Heller (NV), U.S. Senator John Hoeven (ND), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17), U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), former U.S. Congressman Quico Canseco (TX-23), U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Chief Justice Nathan Hecht (TX Supreme Court), Mississippi Republican Party, Dallas County Republican Party, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Regional Chamber