Trish DeBerry accuses ad agency Thomas J. Henry of using Delaware LLC to run attack ads
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Who is Friends of Bexar County, LLC?
If you’ve watched TV over the past week — and especially during the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday — you’ve probably noticed ads airing about the Bexar County judge’s race portraying Republican candidate Trish DeBerry as generally as a seesaw among other allegations.
DeBerry, who recently served as Bexar County commissioner, told a press conference on Monday that his own investigation revealed that “Friends of Bexar County, LLC” is a Delaware LLC backed by the damages attorney San Antonio Corporals Thomas J. Henry and Bob Wills, director of media at San Antonio advertising and marketing firm, The PM Group.
“Conversations with business leaders, members of the local media and political operatives all confirm what we are revealing today,” DeBerry said in a statement. “The nearly half a million dollars in anti-black money ads targeting my campaign are the result of possible collusion and coordination between attorney Thomas J. Henry, his partner Bob Wills of the PM Group and Peter Sakai or his campaign team.”
Sakai, the Democratic candidate in the race, said in a social media post last Tuesday: “Let me be very clear, I have nothing to do with this negative campaign, nor anyone on my campaign team. . In fact, Gilbert Garcia’s Sunday’s Express News article cites the organization as headed by a Republican consultant.
DeBerry seriously doubted Sakai’s statement.
“For Peter Sakai to say he has no knowledge of this attack is ridiculous,” DeBerry said. “He is aware of this attack. In fact, I might allege his campaign conspired with this attack.
At his news event, DeBerry said Henry paid $1.1 million to help Nico LaHood’s campaign to defeat Susan Reed in 2014, saying it shows the personal injury attorney has a history of political campaign finance activity.
Asked how DeBerry knew Henry and Wills were originally “Friends of Bexar County, LLC,” she said she had very solid information through well-connected sources, but declined to provide. more specific details.
“I have it on very good records regarding specific conversations between journalistic firms and Mr. Wills who basically threatened to pull the ad if they didn’t accept the fact that they were going to use the attack ads against me,” the Republican candidate said.
In addition to “drawing back the curtain” on who is behind the ads, she announced at the press conference that she was filing an ethics complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s office against the company. An LLC incorporated in Delaware has more benefits for filers than most states, including additional privacy protections for LLC members than LLCs incorporated in most other states.
“You have to reveal who is behind something, otherwise who are you? DeBerry said at the briefing event. “There are some cowards at play here, guys.”