CLIFF WALKER, Director DALLON JAMES, Treasurer

BackToBasicsPAC.org

PO Box 446 Austin, TX 78767 (512)945-5956

June 29, 2010

Ms. Rosemary Edwards

Travis County Republican Party 7901 Cameron Road, Suite 3-202 Austin, Texas 78754-3841

Via Hand Delivery to the address above Via Email to rosemary@tcrp.org

Via Fax to 512-615-4737

Dear Ms. Edwards:

It has been brought to my attention through various news outlets that you and the Travis County Republican Party have filed a bogus, frivolous, groundless, and bad-faith complaint against the Back to Basics PAC in response to the television ad we are currently airing about Governor Perry's hypocrisy for cutting basic services to Texans while simultaneously living in a $10,000 per month rental mansion. Because of its effectiveness, I realize the ad probably makes folks of your ilk wince, but filing a complaint in bad faith hardly seems like an appropriate response. Perhaps you should try explaining to Texans why they should tighten their belts when the Governor is spending $44,000 on lawn care for his 7-bath mansion with a heated pool.

Please find attached a copy of the relevant sections of the Texas Ethics Commission Rules, which Governor Perry's minions obviously hid from you before suckering you into doing their dirty work. Please find attached a copy of the check our PAC received on June 3, 2010, for $200 from the CW A-COPE PCC, a federal multi-candidate political action committee registered with the Federal Elections Commission. In addition, please find attached a copy of the letter which accompanied the contribution. Upon receipt of this contribution, the PAC Clearly satisfied the requirement which states that the 60-day waiting period you reference in your bogus complaint does not apply to a general-purpose committee that accepts contributions from a multi-candidate political committee that is registered with the FEC.

Now that you have actual knowledge (and proof) that your bogus complaint is entirely frivolous and without merit, you need to contact immediately the Texas Ethics Commission and formally withdraw your bogus complaint. If you fail to issue the Back to Basics PAC an apology for your unscrupulous action and do not withdraw your complaint by the close of business on Friday, we will have no choice but to buy an additional $100,000 of air time for the ad on Governor Perry's luxury mansion. In addition, I would remind you that the Commission can sanction a complainant for filing a frivolous, groundless, and bad-faith complaint. If you refuse to withdraw your bad-faith complaint by the close of business Friday, we reserve the right to ask the commission for sanctions.

I Pol. Adv. Paid for by Back to Basics PAC I

CLIFF WALKER, Director DALLON JAMES, Treasurer

BackToBasicsPAC.org

PO Box 446 Austin, TX 78767 (512)945-5956

Finally, the next time the Governor or one of his campaign minions approaches you to do his dirty work; for the sake of your own credibility I would urge you to hire counsel before making accusations and taking actions that are baseless. Having had multiple conversations with multiple members of the press after you filed your bogus complaint, I want you to know that your credibility now resides somewhere between slim and none.

You can send your apology and formal notice that the complaint has been withdrawn to me via email at info@backtobasicspac.org or via mail at P.O. Box 446, Austin, Texas 78767. If! do not hear back from you by the close of business on Friday, then good luck explaining your bad-faith actions to the TEC, and good luck explaining to the Governor's minions why our ad buy was increased by an additional $100,000.

Sincerely,

Clit c.u.:

Cliff Walker Director

Back to Basics PAC

I Pol. Adv. Paid for by Back to Basics PAC I

(d) Subsection (c) ofthis section does not apply to a general-purpose committee that accepts contributions from a multi-candidate political committee (as defined by the Federal Election Campaign Act) that is registered with the Federal Election Commission, provided that the general-purpose committee is in compliance with § 22.7 o(this title (relating to Contribution from Out-ofState Committee). [my emphasis]

The Relevant Texas Ethics Commission Rules

§ 22.1. Certain Campaign Treasurer Appointments Required before Political Activity Begins

(a) An individual must file a campaign treasurer appointment with the proper authority before accepting a campaign contribution or making or authorizing a campaign expenditure.

(l)An officeholder may accept an officeholder contribution and make or authorize an officeholder expenditure without a campaign treasurer appointment on file.

(2) An officeholder who does not have a campaign treasurer appointment on file may not accept a campaign contribution or make or authorize a campaign expenditure.

(b) A political committee may not accept political contributions exceeding $500 and may not make or authorize political expenditures exceeding $500 without filing a campaign treasurer appointment with the appropriate filing authority.

(c) A general-purpose committee may not make or authorize political expenditures totaling more than $500 unless the committee has:

(1) filed its campaign treasurer appointment not later than the 60th day before the date the expenditure is made that causes the total expenditures to exceed $500; and

(2) received contributions from at least 10 persons.

LARRY COHEN. Chair

JEFFREY RECHENBACH. Treasurer ANN IE H ILL. Assistant Treasurer ALFONSO POLLARD. Political Director

50 I Third Street. NW

Washington. DC :2000 I

(202)4J4-1491

Dear Friends:

Enclosed is a check which is drawn on the CWA-Committee on Political Education Political Contributions Committee (CWA-COPE PCC) account.

CWA-COPE PCC is a federal multi-candidate political committee sponsored by the Communications Workers of America and is funded solely with voluntary contributions from CWA members and their families. CWA-COPE PCC is registered with, and periodically reports its transactions to, the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Sincerely,

Larry Cohen Chair

Paid for and authorized by CWAOIl bchalfof'ujoint Iundruising effort forCWA-COPE PCC and the AFL-CIO COPE pee. <v.ml0'