Candidate Informational Narrative:
Weisenberger is an attorney and a Vietnam veteran. He was an officer in the US Army, serving two years. According to the Texas Bar, Weisenberger was licensed as an attorney on September 18, 1970. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Southern Methodist University. (1970) He is also a former board member of Crime Stoppers of El Paso and the Child Guidance Center. As an attorney, Weisenberger represented Billie Mac Jobe (his largest contributor) in the 1996 check-kitting/bank scandal. Albert Weisenberger also represented Joseph O’Hara in the Poisoned Pawns public corruption cases. O’Hara pleaded guilty to commit mail fraud in 2013, for his role in the bribery scandal involving the El Paso Independent School District and Strategic Government Solutions, owned by O’Hara. This is the case where Salvador “Sal” Mena accepted a bribe for awarding an EPISD contract to the company. Gary Lange was also involved in this corruption case with O’Hara. Weisenberger also represented David Karlsruher on his DWI case.
Weisenberger also owned and operated the Weisenberger Volkswagen car dealership for 10 years.
Weisenberger’s 30-day campaign finance report was posted incomplete. The totals page was left blank. There are also questions about fully disclosing his expenses. I am aware that at least one mailer has been delivered to El Paso households.
As you can see from the image, the mailer has a significant cost to it, in design, layout and printing fees in addition to the postage. Yet, Weisenberger’s report does not show a corresponding expense for them.
Weisenberger’s financial disclosure report shows two expenses, one to 150 Sunset Event Center for $1,400. 150 Sunset Event Center is a nursery and event venue. Weisenberger reported spending the money on March 30, 2015. The second expense was for $40 to the US Postal Service. His total listed expenses were $1,440. A listing for the mailer expense does not seem to appear on his report.
Al Weisenberger raised the second highest amount in District 1. Peter Svarzbien out raised him by about $6,000.
By the Numbers:
Total money raised: $18,550 plus $10,000 in a personal loan he gave his campaign.
Total expenses: $1,440
Largest contributor: $2,000 from Stanley Jobe
Total contributors: 58
Average contribution: $318.83