If not for the largess from her former boss, the campaign of Pat Lykos, Republican candidate for Harris County District Attorney, would be in the red, according to reports filed by Lykos and former County Judge Robert Eckels, the Harris County Democratic Party pointed out today.
“This is a stunning lack of support for Pat Lykos,” said Harris Democratic Party Chair Gerry Birnberg. “And it sends a clear message that even Republican donors do not believe she will clean up the DA’s office in the wake of her scandal-plagued Republican colleague, Chuck Rosenthal. If not for the last minute infusion of cash from her former employer, Pat Lykos would have reported a net loss on her fundraising report.”
Reports filed with the county show the Robert Eckels Committee loaned the Lykos campaign $40,000. Lykos’ and Eckels’ reports filed July 15th show that Eckels forgave that loan on June 30, 2008, the final day of the reporting period, thus making the loan a contribution. Lykos shows cash on hand of $31,964. If Eckels had not forgiven that loan, Lykos would have had a negative cash balance of $8,036.
Eckels’ Committee also gave Lykos a $10,000 contribution on April 21, 2008 and the law firm where Eckels now works, Fulbright and Jaworski, gave her $5,000.
“We already know Lykos has virtually no management experience,” Birnberg continued. “How can Harris County residents have any confidence that she can manage the District Attorney’s office with its million dollar-plus budget and hundreds of employees when she can’t even manage her own campaign funds without her former boss bailing her out?”