Austin attorney Marc Rosenthal, who was convicted on charges relating to racketeering, conspiracy, bribery, extortion, tampering, and mail fraud last March, has been sentenced to twenty years in prison. Prior to his 2011 arrest, Rosenthal played a prominent role in funding Democrat candidates in Williamson County.
In both 2008 and 2010, Rosenthal gave generously to State Representative Diana Maldonado (HD-52) and other Democrats. According to Texas Ethics Commission reports, Maldonado received $51,000 in cash and another $7,000 in "air travel." Allegedly, the latter consisted of Ms. Maldonado's use of Rosenthal's private jet. (Although Texas District 52 is entirely contained within Williamson County).
Maldonado eked out a win in 2008, partially due to support from naive Round Rock "Republicans" who ignored her liberalism because they thought that she would represent their geopolitical interests. After a disastrous single term, Maldonado was soundly defeated in 2010 by Republican Larry Gonzales.
Unfortunately for local Democrats, Rosenthal won't be able to fund any campaigns for quite some time.