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KPRC’s Diaz must come clean about who’s really behind irresponsible attacks on GOP state lawmakers
Reporter uses Bernie Madoff ally, left wing activists as ethics and legal sources
HOUSTON – KPRC-TV’s Mario Diaz is acting as a tool of left-wing organizations in his biased attacks on Houston area Republican elected officials. Paul Simpson, Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, calls on this new KPRC reporter to disclose the left-wing and partisan organizations feeding such information to him, and to acknowledge that the sources he touts are one-sided, biased, and partisan.
“Mario Diaz is using a bizarre lineup of Ponzi-schemers and liberal partisans to attack Houston GOP elected officials,” said Simpson. “He has an agenda. Mr. Diaz should disclose who’s really behind these attacks. How does a KPRC reporter in Houston come to rely on a former Bernie Madoff ally from Florida, and a former Obama operative and California Democrat Party field director, yet not disclose their questionable backgrounds? Who is feeding these sources to this new KPRC reporter?”
In recent days, Mr. Diaz has aired a series of misleading partisan attacks on State Representative Jim Murphy. Their on-air sources have included:
- KPRC’s February 21st story cited “tax expert” Michael D. Sullivan, of Fort Lauderdale Florida, who was part of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal.
Mr. Diaz failed to disclose that for years Sullivan ran a feeder fund for Bernie Madoff out of his office on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Sullivan’s new company Fresh Start Tax LLC is located at 3696 Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. http://www.businessinsider.com/2009/1/meet-bob-sullivan-another-madoff-money-man
The Florida conservator representing Madoff victims also named Michael D. Sullivan: and his new company Fresh Start Tax LLC in a subpoena here:http://www.floridaconservator.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/04.26.13-Notice-of-Intent-to-Serve-Document-Subpoena-Upon-Michael-D.-Sullivan-Associates-Inc..pdf
- On February 8th, on KPRC, Mario Diaz cited as an “ethics lawyer,” local Democratic donor and plaintiffs’ lawyer Cris Feldman. But Mr. Diaz failed to disclose that Feldman had contributed more than $12,000 to the Harris County Democratic Party in 2018 alone. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&contributor_name=feldman%2C+cris&min_date=01%2F01%2F2017&max_date=02%2F22%2F2018
- Mr. Diaz’s KPRC report also cited left-wing community organizer Bay Scoggin, formerly of the California Democratic Party and Barack Obama’s Organizing for America, to opine on Texas’s conservative and part time legislature. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bay-scoggin-59a6a9138/
Lawmakers in Texas are expected to have real jobs and are paid just $7,200 per year, compared to California’s liberal, activist, and full-time legislature paid $104,118. On February 7th Mario Diaz failed to mention Obama operative Scoggin’s partisanship, breathlessly noting that “it took Bay Scoggin three seconds to sum up” his attack on Texas and Texas Republicans.
“It’s shocking that Mario Diaz relies on these blatantly partisan sources for his attacks. We call upon him to disclose who brought him these flawed sources, and to stop his misleading attacks on Houston Republicans.”
Harris County Republican Party
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