Lexington Comair Crash, Part 17 Supplemental – Maggie’s Farm 2006 – The Political Influence of the Hunt Family
Haroldson Lafayette HUNT, Jr., born on February 17, 1889, near Ramsey, in Carson Township, Fayette County, Illinois, United States – died November 29, 1974 in Dallas, Texas, was an American oil tycoon.
Better known as H. L. HUNT, he was born in Illinois, the youngest of eight children. His father, also named Haroldson Lafayette HUNT, was a prosperous farmer-entrepreneur; his mother was Ella Rose (Myers) HUNT.
He was educated at home, and as a teenager travelled to various places before settling in Arkansas, where he was running a cotton plantation by 1912. He ended up making his fortune in the oil business.
HUNT married three times, and had fourteen children. His first wife was Lyda Bunker (died 1955), whom he married in Arkansas on November 26, 1914. They had six children, the best-known of whom are Bunker, Lamar and Herbert. In 1925, he married (bigamously) Frania Tye, and they had four children, including Hugh HUNT, before splitting up in 1942. HUNT then had four more children with his mistress, a HUNT Oil Company secretary named Ruth Ray, whom he married in 1957.
Here are the names of his fourteen children, not necessarily in order:
William Herbert HUNT (born c. 1929).
Nelson Bunker HUNT (born 1926) attempted to corner the world silver market in 1979, and was convicted of fraud.
Helen Lee Cartledge HUNT (deceased).
Haroldina Franch HUNT (deceased).
Howard Lee HUNT (deceased).
Hugh HUNT (born c. 1932, died November 11, 2002, founder of Constructivist Foundation.
H. L. “Hassie” HUNT III (born c. 1918) – diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early 1940s; co-owner of HUNT Petroleum.
Margaret HUNT Hill (born c. 1916), philanthropist and co-owner of HUNT Petroleum.
Caroline Rose HUNT (born c. 1923) – owner of a chain of hotels
Lamar HUNT (born August 2, 1932) – co-founder of the American Football League and the North American Soccer League; owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ray Lee HUNT (born c. 1943) – chairman of HUNT Oil.
June HUNT (born c. 1944) – host of a daily religious radio show, Hope for the Heart.
Helen LaKelly HUNT (born c. 1949) – a pastoral counselor in Dallas; co-manager of the HUNT Alternatives Fund, one of the family’s charitable arms.
Swanee HUNT (born c. 1950) – former U.S. ambassador to Austria; now head of the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-manager of the HUNT Alternatives Fund.
Following his death in 1974, H. L. HUNT was buried in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
Biography of H. L. HUNT by Jerrell Dean Palmer in the Handbook of Texas Online
Article on Bunker HUNT by S. C. Gwynne in TexasMonthly, September 2001
Fortune: inherited and growing
Source: Oil, real estate
Country Of Citizenship: United States
Residence: Dallas, Texas, United States, North America
Marital Status: married, 5 children
Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts / Science
Son of archetypal Texas oilman H.L. HUNT (d. 1974), whose oil empire started from poker winnings. Inherited most of HUNT Oil: older branch of the family took a big hit in silver market, but Ray stuck with oil, scored big with deal in Yemen. Moving into natural gas in Peru. Well connected in Beltway thanks to fundraising for Bush, seat on Halliburton board.
Woody Hunt’s construction company is the nation’s largest builder of housing for U.S. military personnel. Two weeks after then-Governor George W. Bush appointed Hunt as a University of Texas System regent in 1999, Hunt Building paid $8.8 million to settle a federal lawsuit. Citing shoddy workmanship on 828 housing units at Ellsworth Air Force Base, the U.S. Justice Department said 50 percent of the units were uninhabitable and that the buildings could not withstand South Dakotan winds. “Pipes were simply inserted into the ground to make it look like mandatory sewer clean-outs had been installed,” said the lawsuit, which complained that some units were plagued by improperly vented sewer gases. “No contractor should be able to get away with such shabby construction at taxpayer expense,” said U.S. Attorney Karen Schreiber. Nonetheless, Hunt Building still received $98 million in federal contracts in fiscal year 2002 alone, led by military contracts. The Austin American-Statesman, which editorialized against Hunt’s confirmation as a regent, also reported that residents of apartments that Hunt Building owned in minority Austin neighborhoods repeatedly complained about being left without basic utility services….
Woodley Hunt is an important figure in the Texas business scene. In addition to the regents, he has a few positions at UTIMCO that give him substantial control over state funds. Hunt is a regental representative and vice chairman of the Board of Directors at UTIMCO. He is also a member of the Audits and Ethics Committee at UTIMCO. Mr. Hunt is allowed this control despite his inability to responsibly manage his own companies.
Hunt is chairman and CEO of Hunt Building Corporation (HBC), a major defense contractor for military construction. According to a press statement released by HBC, “Hunt Building Company, Ltd., founded in 1947, is a privately owned, full service development construction company. Hunt Building has built over 33,000 housing units for various branches of the U.S. military throughout the United States and its territories, from its headquarters in El Paso, Texas. Hunt has built more military housing in the U.S. than any other entity.” HBC is on the forefront of the privatization of the military, extracting huge profits from development contracts doled out by the military. In 2003, HBC was part of a consortium that was selected for the largest military housing privatization project in history valued at $750 million.
However, the gravy train does not always run smoothly. HBC was sued by the U.S. Justice Department for building military barracks that would not stand up in the wind. The Justice Department found that more than half of the housing units he built at Ellsworth Air Force Base were “uninhabitable.” The department cited violations of “fire safety rules, flawed heating systems and improper design… causing units to break apart in high winds.” In some units, pipes were simply inserted into the ground to make it look like mandatory sewer clean-outs had been installed. Also, improperly vented plumbing caused sewer gases to back up into some units.
Hunt is also a member of the Governor’s Business Council with regents Rita Clements, Dub Riter, and Charles Miller. Hunt also joined forces with regents Riter and Miller on education reform via the non-profit Cimarron Foundation. The three have worked with El Paso Energy’s Bill Wise and Enron’s Ken Lay, among many others, to advance charter schools and standardized testing on state government monies. Underfunded public schools are hurt furthermore with these “experiments” to improve education in Texas. UT has a charter school that will open in August 2003. Hunt has also told the Daily Texan that he is “especially interested in privatizing higher education.” He seems to have gained a victory with deregulating tuition, which will ultimately hurt students, especially in already-low enrollment numbers for minorities.
The Longhorn Pipeline has been dormant for the past 50 years but is hoping to be resurrected. It extends from Houston to El Paso, meeting with the Chevron and Kinder Morgan pipelines in West Texas. Hunt serves on the Board of Directors for the strategically located banks Chase Bank in Houston and El Paso, the book ends of the Longhorn Pipeline. Chase Bank is a part of JP Morgan Chase, who had $630,177 in investments from UTIMCO as of June 2003. Hunt also serves on the Texas Regional Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase that is comprised of CEO’s from the corporate energy world (such as Conoco, El Paso Energy, and Enron). JP Morgan Chase is also a parent company of the Beacon Energy Investment Group Fund, which owns 31.5 percent of the Longhorn Partnership.
As of June 2003, UTIMCO had $9.3 million total invested in JP Morgan Chase, ExxonMobil, BP Amoco, and Williams Companies Inc. that own a majority of the partnership. The pipeline is opposed by many, including the City of Austin. With seats at JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, the Board of Regents, and UTIMCO, Hunt demonstrates that integrating business and politics can go against public opinion. And don’t be surprised if Hunt gets re-appointed by Governor Rick Perry since he received $136,438 from the Hunt Building Corporation in the 2002 gubernatorial race (with $73,038 coming from Hunt’s personal donations).
El Paso Corp. gamed California’s gas market says judge
El Paso Corp. gamed California’s gas market says judge
El Paso Corporation – we love UT!
l Paso Corp is locked in a make-out session with UT. This Enron-style energy-trading ‘n’ marketing company has wormed its way into the University with the help of the Regents. As the company flounders financially, UT suffers as well. The intertwining of education and corporation puts the University at risk of contamination, especially when corporate money is contingent on both the fluctuations of the market and the replacement of curriculum with a business agenda. The Regents have a financial stake in El Paso Corporation. Their position of power allows them to manage their own personal gain – political, financial, ideological – with UT’s money.
Using UTIMCO, the Regents have historically made El Paso much richer. However, as the company is struggling to avoid bankrupty, UTIMCO has pulled its investments in the company itself; thought it still has investments worth $1,601,017 in El Paso subsidiaries as of June 2003. Regent Riter who sits on the UTIMCO board has 100-500 shares. Woody Hunt – a business bud of El Paso CEO William A. Wise – is Regental Director of UTIMCO. Both are on the Governor’s Business Council, and can be seen hobnobbing at Houston’s high-society soirees. This conflict of interest has come at a price to the University, underscoring the need for keeping the University’s money in responsible hands.
El Paso stocks have not been faring well of late since they are under scrutiny by the SEC. The stock took a nosedive after an El Paso exec – in imitation of Enron’s J. Clifford Baxter – committed suicide possibly in anticipation of a scandal. In June, a major stockholder, Oscar Wyatt, accused the company of hiding profits and of understating its exposure to trading liabilities by $2.5 billion. The company’s stock dropped after the SEC served subpoenas for documents regarding “round-trip” or “wash” trades of natural gas on July 12th. It dropped again when El Paso was deemed by a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Judge to have participated in price-fixing during California’s energy crisis. The Regents favor companies with high-flying marketing schemes and low-flying standards. Unfortunately, their unethical investment practices have lost us all a lot of money this year.
In 2002, Wise was Forbes’ 36th best-paid CEO with $22 million compensation for that year. Starting in January 2001, El Paso Corp. has been cutting jobs regularly. They laid off 3,285 workers then, and have followed with lay-offs of hundreds more workers.
Schools for Sale
In 1999, El Paso bought its way into UT by pledging $500,000 over five years, to UT-Austin’s Center for Energy Finance Education and Research (CEFER). The Regents and the Enron-mad business school have held the door wide open for El Paso. The CEFER, under the tutelage of its corporate sponsors, teaches the marketing of energy commodities and how to conduct business in a deregulated electricity market. Of course, the business model in this field is defined by Enron and its junior partners El Paso, Dynegy, and Duke – all of which are under investigation by the SEC.
“Strengthening ties between business and academia is critical to the success of both institutions… This program provides unique opportunities for corporate executives to share their expertise with students and for students to gain valuable experience in today’s increasingly complex business environment,” said Wise in a February 19, 1999 Red McCombs Business School press release. The corporate sponsors of the CEFER are Enron, El Paso, Mirant, Reliant Energy, Conoco, Duke Energy, Cinergy. One can just imagine Ken Lay and Bill Wise taking a new generation of UT business students under their (hopefully clipped) wings and showing them how to fudge the books. El Paso Corp is directly influencing the curriculum at the University through financial “gifts.” This is not philanthropy, but rather a shameless method of grooming students into corporate managers. It is much easier for a corporation to make relatively small donations to publicly-funded Universities in order to dictate the content of study than train students on the job.
Bill Wise is also playing venture capitalist with charter schools. He acts as chairman of the Financial Foundation for Texas Charter Schools along with Regent Miller, Enron’s Ken Lay, Woody Hunt’s non-profit the Cimarron Foundation, Exxon, Shell Oil Co, and others in the same league. On the Governor’s Business Council Charter School Task Force, Wise has joined forces with Regents Riter, Hunt, and Miller to encourage the receptive state government to bankroll charter schools at the expense of underfunded public schools. One thing the Task Force has done is create a database that matches donations from Texas corporations with specific needs of charter schools.
In 1998, Wise and Miller had secured $3 million from the Texas business community for charter schools. This illustrates the insidious relationship between education and corporation that Wise & Co. are encouraging, a relationship that conflates corporate agenda with educational need. Suddenly, it seems, Texas capitalists are gung-ho on raising money for schools. It’s no coincidence that privatization zealots, Christian fundamentalists, and the wealthy elite are cheerleading for an educational model which gives them control over the kids’ minds, bodies, and futures.
El Paso & Bush
El Paso Corp. and its affiliates contributed nearly $1 million to Republican causes and another $560,000 in soft money to Republican candidates during the 1999-2000-campaign cycle. In turn, President Bush helped El Paso out of a sticky situation with Dominican authorities. When El Paso got into a tangle with a Dominican company the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) – an Executive Branch agency – sent a threatening letter to the President of the Dominican Republic at El Paso’s behest.
The letter stated that the administration was “concerned generally about the type of situation that El Paso is currently experiencing in the Dominican Republic. Accordingly, it is crucial that the current situation with El Paso be resolved prior to OPIC, in substance, proceeding with further Dominican Republic supported investment.” In other words, Bush was waving the big stick at Puerto Rico threatening to cut off investments, while he held El Paso’s hand. Not coincidentally, El Paso execs had just returned from a lavish May 2002 GOP fundraiser where they had donated $250,000.
Rotten to the Core
In May 2001, sealed court filings obtained by The New York Times revealed that El Paso Corp., like fellow Houston energy companies, Enron, Reliant, and Dynegy, had participated in the fleecing of California energy ratepayers. El Paso and its subsidiaries were named defendants in eleven class action, municipal or individual lawsuits, concerning manipulation of the California energy market.
In recent news, El Paso was found responsible for strategically jacking up prices in 2000 and 2001 in Calfornia.
In August 2000, a pipeline owned and operated by El Paso ruptured a near Carlsbad, New Mexico, killing twelve workers. El Paso is being sued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety for $2.5 million for five violations in safety matters. El Paso is also in trouble with both federal and state governments for numerous environmental violations, including the release of PCBs into Kentucky waterways and violation of the Clean Air Act.
Don’t expect this to be reported in the El Paso Times since El Paso Corp owns the El Paso, Texas newspaper.
A FrontBurnervian in the know passes along his speculation on the Bush library and where it will wind up:
While Baylor has been very public for a long time, SMU is probably the favorite. Jeanne Johnson Phillips is the key, along with Ray Hunt. The Bushes will probably want a second home to the ranch, and Dallas is the logical place. And the Morning News endorsed GWB while the Waco Tribune Herald endorsed Kerry! A big issue will be whether the pitch is to put it on campus or go to the Arts District (which would drive much-needed daytime/weekday tourist traffic to the Arts District); Mary Suhm is hot on this approach.
I’ve heard that SMU acquired the land under the old Mrs. Baird’s plant with the hope that the library would be built there.
… For Bush, it appears that campaign cash counts far more than expertise. And few backers have given Bush’s campaigns more cash than Ray HUNT, son of the legendary Dallas billionaire bigamist oilman H.L. HUNT. PFIAB membership is a plum position for HUNT, who raised about $100,000 for Bush during the 2000 campaign and also served as the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.
HUNT’s position at PFIAB may benefit a familiar entity in the Bush crony network: Halliburton, which is doing billions of dollars’ worth of reconstruction and logistics work for the U.S. government in Iraq and on the Gulf Coast. HUNT sits on Halliburton’s board of directors. He got his spot on the Halliburton board in 1998 while Dick Cheney was running the company. As soon as HUNT got on the Halliburton board, he was put on its compensation committee, where he helped determine Cheney’s pay. Indeed, in 1998, HUNT’s committee decided that Cheney deserved a bonus of $1.1 million and restricted stock awards of $1.5 million on top of his regular salary of $1.18 million.
HUNT has been on the PFIAB since 2001. Presumably, months ahead of everyone else, he had access to intelligence indicating that the Bush administration was going to invade Iraq — information that could have been of value to certain oil service companies with operations in the Middle East.
HUNT isn’t the first Halliburton board member to be tied to PFIAB. From 1982 to 1990, the PFIAB was chaired by Anne Armstrong, a wealthy Texan whose Republican ties go back to the Nixon White House. (Karl Rove now occupies Armstrong’s old office in the West Wing.) During her entire eight-year stint as chairwoman of the PFIAB, Amstrong also served on Halliburton’s board. In fact, Armstrong was on Halliburton’s board in 1995, when the company decided to hire Dick Cheney as its CEO. Asked about it later, Armstrong said there was “instant backing” for Cheney when his name was first mentioned for the job.
HUNT can use what he learns at PFIAB to help Halliburton. Or he can help his own company, HUNT Oil, one of the world’s largest privately owned energy companies. “Even without taking advantage of any particular intelligence report, the PFIAB affiliation is gold,” says Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It lends itself to exploitation for commercial and other interests.”
Among HUNT’s biggest projects is the controversial $2.6 billion Camisea liquefied natural gas project in Peru, which will soon begin delivering gas to markets on the West Coast of the U.S. Amazon Watch, a nonprofit environmental group, calls the project the “most damaging project in the Amazon Basin.” It points out that the majority of the gas extraction will be done in a reserve that was set aside for local indigenous people. Similarly, Environmental Defense points out that Camisea will affect some of “the most pristine forest regions of the Amazon.” In 2003, the Export-Import Bank, which was under heavy pressure from environmental groups, refused to provide financing for Camisea.
Does HUNT’s position on PFIAB give him an edge in dealing with Peru and Camisea? There’s no way to be certain. But it is clear that HUNT’s business operations are so varied that every bit of foreign intelligence he sees at PFIAB might be of value to him.
HUNT’s company is also active in Argentina, Chile and Guyana. One of HUNT Oil’s most important projects is in Yemen, where his company has been producing oil for more than two decades. HUNT Oil’s next Yemen project is a multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project on the Arabian Sea. The gas will come from HUNT’s wells in the the vast desert that separates Saudi Arabia and Yemen. A 199-mile pipeline will carry it to a port on the Yemeni coast. That port is about 200 miles east of Aden, where al-Qaida suicide bombers hit the USS Cole in 2000. Of course, HUNT doesn’t have to rely on just the PFIAB for intelligence. His former right-hand man, JAMES OBERWETTER, is now the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
An employee of HUNT Oil told Salon that HUNT and his public affairs representative, former ambassador Jeanne Phillips, were traveling and that a return phone call should not be expected anytime soon.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
James C. Oberwetter – $9,500 to the GOP*
… Oberwetter has a relationship with the Bush family going back decades. In the 1970s he worked as the press secretary for George H.W. Bush, who was then a congressman from Texas. In 2000 Oberwetter served on President Bush’s transition team. Oberwetter and his immediate family have made $9,500 in contributions to Republicans over the past three election cycles, including $5,000 to the Bush campaign. Bush has also enjoyed the largess of Oberwetter’s company, Hunt Consolidated Inc., which donated $250,000 to the president’s second inaugural committee.
As senior Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs, Oberwetter’s activities include corporate, government and media relations. HE WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF HUNT OIL COMPANY ON INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC MATTERS.
Prior to joining Hunt 28 years ago, Oberwetter served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after serving as Press Secretary to then Houston Congressman George H.W. Bush. When Bush was elected to the Presidency, Oberwetter then worked as a member of the transition team in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador, Saudi Arabia
Term of Appointment: 01/08/2004 to present
James Curtis Oberwetter was nominated by President Bush on November 17, 2003, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2003, and sworn in on January 8, 2004 as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Prior to becoming Ambassador, Mr. Oberwetter served as Senior Vice President of Governmental and Political Affairs for HUNT Consolidated, Inc., a Dallas based company he joined in 1974. Earlier, the Ambassador was Press Secretary for then-Houston Congressman George H.W. Bush. He also worked for the U.S. Government as special assistant to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
A native of Texas, Ambassador Oberwetter has been an active member of many community service organizations in his home state, as well as in professional associations. He was appointed Chairman of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse from 1996-2001 by then-Governor George W. Bush. Among other honors, Ambassador Oberwetter is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Parent-Teachers Association. He was for many years a member of the American Petroleum Institute’s Communications Committee, and has served as its Chairman.
Nancy Ann Hunt Appointed to the Commission on Presidential Scholars
President Bush to Nominate Two Individuals to Serve in His Administration and Appoint Twenty-Four
The President intends to appoint the following 24 individuals to serve as Members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Commission selects, recognizes and honors high achieving, high school seniors from across the country. The President has designated Brunno V. Manno to serve as Chairman of the Commission.
Bruno V. Manno (Chairman)
(Manno, who along with is longtime collaborate Chester Finn, was an Assistant Secretary of Education in the Bush Administration under Lamar Alexander, is currently a Senior Fellow in the Washington office of the HUDSON Institute.)
Robert Lewis King of New York
Jennifer Sandra Carroll of Florida
Lynne Ann Munson of Massachusetts
Lawrence Richard Bearden of Arkansas
Modesto A. Maidique of Florida
Mary Katherine Turner of Wyoming
Paul Gust Vallas of Illinois
Father Theodore Martin Hesburgh of Indiana
Flo N. Traywick of Virginia
Michele M. Ridge of Pennsylvania
Virginia Sue Hoffa of Michigan
Marcia Jackson of Texas
Manuel Lujan, Jr. of New Mexico
Elizabeth K. Johnson of Virginia
Mary Kramer of Iowa
Linda Richey Graves of Kansas
Louis Wade Sullivan of Georgia
Jean Loretta Becker of Texas
Nancy Ann Hunt of Texas
Stanley E. Taylor of Virginia
Shirley Miller of Georgia
Glen Thomas Becerra of California
Williamson Evers of California
Ray L. HUNT
HUNT joined the board in 1998. He is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and the Management Oversight Committees. HUNT serves as a member of the board of directors of PepsiCo, Inc., King Ranch, Inc., Electronic Data Systems Corporation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Security Capital Group Incorporated.37 He is also chairman of the board, president, and CEO of HUNT Consolidated, Inc.; chairman of the board and CEO of HUNT Oil Company; and chairman of the board, CEO and president of RRH Corporation. He has been chairman and CEO of HUNT Private Equity Group since its inception in 1990. In October 2001, HUNT was appointed by president George Bush to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Board.38 HUNT currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. (see ‘Influence & Lobbying’ section); the board of trustees for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; the board of advisors for the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU Cox School of Business; the board of directors of the Texas Research League; the executive committee of the Southwestern Medical Foundation in Dallas; and the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University.39 HUNT has served as chairman of the National Petroleum Council in Washington, D.C. (see ‘Influence & Lobbying’ section) from June 1991 to July 1994. In 1980-81 he served as president of the Domestic Petroleum Council.40 He is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Petroleum Institute (see ‘Influence & Lobbying’ section). He also has served as president of the Dallas Petroleum Club.41
Ray HUNT and Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
While we’re still slugging it out over who’s responsible for the gross failures and/or distortions of American intelligence before the war, our president tootles merrily along, fixing things in his own inimitable way. Late last month, he appointed nine campaign contributors, including three longtime fund-raisers, to the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. According to Newsweek, this is a 16-member panel of folks from the private sector who “advise the president on the quality and effectiveness of U.S. intelligence efforts.”
One of the appointees, William DeWitt, a top Bush fund-raiser, was also a partner of the president’s in the Texas Rangers, so his knowledge of sign-stealing may be useful. Two Texas oilmen, Ray HUNT and Don Evans, also joined the panel, along with Netscape’s founder, so we can all relax about the effectiveness of intelligence.
Kellogg, Brown & Root (Halliburton)
4100 Clinton Dr.
Houston, TX 77020
Phone: (713) 759-2600
Fax: (713) 676-7070
… One Cheney recruit recently in the headlines is Ray HUNT of Dallas-based HUNT Oil Co. HUNT is a longtime supporter of the Bush clan: he raised money for the elder Bush and later led the Republican National Committee’s Victory Fund for George W. Bush, donating $20,000 to the committee himself. Bush rewarded him with a seat on his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. HUNT and his wife have donated more than $400,000 to Republican state campaigns, while his company and its employees have given more than $1 million to Republican causes since 1995. HUNT’s son, a vice president in the company, served as an energy consultant to Bush during the campaign, and later as a member of the presidential energy transition team. Both Ray HUNT and Halliburton Co. are major donors to the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank based in Dallas, the stated goal of which is to “develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial public sector.”
In September 2003, the Inter-American Development Bank approved a loan for a consortium led by HUNT Oil to construct a natural gas pipeline in Peru that environmentalists say will severely damage the rain forest there—after Ex-Im Bank pulled out due to environmental concerns. In 2002, HUNT hired KBR to build the $1 billion plant at the pipeline’s origin.
With an estimated net worth of $2.3 billion, Ray HUNT ranked No. 78 on the 2003 “Forbes 400 Richest Americans” list. HUNT’s fortune originated in rights his father bought in 1930 to a sea of 5 billion barrels of east Texas crude. Polygamist H.L. HUNT pumped $100 million into trusts that he left to two of his three families. Placid Oil fed his first family’s trusts, while HUNT Oil benefited the family that H.L. started with a HUNT Oil secretary. Ray HUNT later formed HUNT Consolidated as an umbrella for HUNT Oil, his Dallas real estate empire and other other ventures. HUNT Oil and Halliburton Co. (where HUNT sits on the board) are developing the $1.6 billion Camisea gas project in a Peruvian rain forest reserve established to protect indigenous people. Gas will be shipped to a processing plant in the buffer zone of Peru’s only marine sanctuary in pipelines cut through the rain forest. On environmental grounds in mid 2003 the U.S. Export Import Bank rejected a request for $214 million in public funding for Camisea, which Amazon Watch calls “the most damaging project in the Amazon Basin.” Two weeks later, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) stepped in with $135 million in loans. While the United States controls 30 percent of the IDB’s multilateral vote, Camisea promoters lined up the votes to approve this funding with U.S. IDB Director Jose Fourquet abstaining. Until recently, the company website said that HUNT Oil Vice President HUNTer HUNT (Ray HUNT’s son) served as George W. Bush’s “primary Policy Advisor responsible for energy issues.” Ray HUNT is a veteran powerbroker. After raising $4 million for then-Senator Phil Gramm in a single 1995 fundraiser, HUNT boasted that this one-day take was “the largest in the history of American politics.” A monument to HUNT’s local political influence is Dallas’ $210 million, 53-acre Reunion complex, which HUNT spent a year secretly planning with then-City Manager George Schrader without informing the city council. The city received just one bid for the huge project in 1973 and approved a remarkable contract with HUNT. One provision stipulated that the city would refurbish the old Union Terminal train station and then rent two floors of it to HUNT for $100 a year over 100 years. Accusing the city of breaching this contract, HUNT later pressed a $1.4 million claim. The City Council voted in 1993 to pay HUNT a $440,000 settlement. “This is giving welfare to the rich,” complained dissenting council member Domingo Garcia. “Somebody owed us money, and they threatened to take us to court. Now, we’re paying people to be quiet.” After Dallas’ First Republic Bank failed in 1989 at a record taxpayer cost of $3.6 billion, HUNT and other ex-directors and officers of the bank (see Robert Dedman) agreed to pay $17.5 million in 1993 to settle related charges. “Those were very rich, very important, and some very self-important people,” a federal prosecutor said. “They don’t understand that when you have enormous problems you have to do something about it or quit the bank. It is endemic among directors across the country. But there is a peculiar brand of it in Texas.” Then-Governor Bush fast-tracked an oil tax break in 1999 by declaring it a legislative emergency. Billed as relief for small producers, the tax cut benefited energy giants as well as the oil companies of nine future Pioneers, including a $85,176 tax break for HUNT energy interests. Bush appointed HUNT to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 2001.
Payback: 99 percent of political donations from Halliburton’s board of directors go to Republicans
3 Aug. 2004
Payback: 99 percent of political donations from Halliburton’s board of directors go to Republicans
3 Aug. 2004
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (HalliburtonWatch.org) — Halliburton’s board of directors has given $365,065 to Republican candidates and political action committees over the 2004 campaign season, a HalliburtonWatch analysis reveals. The board, comprised mostly of individuals from the energy industry, gave $365,065 (or 99 percent) to the Republicans and $4,000 (or less than 1 percent) to the Democrats. Halliburton’s political action committee gave another $133,500 to political campaigns, with $120,000 (or 90 percent) going to the Republicans. The dollar amounts are current through June 30, 2004 and were obtained from the Center for Responsive Politics. …
Bush has stacked his foreign advisory board with his Texas business pals, who stand to profit from access to CIA and military intelligence.
By Robert Bryce
Nov. 17, 2005
… The biggest political donor on Halliburton’s board is Ray HUNT, who is the chief executive officer of HUNT Oil, a privately-owned oil company with operations in the Middle East, Africa and South America. Its major oil production operations are located in the United States, Canada and Yemen.
HUNT, who inherited his “success” from his wealthy father H.L. HUNT, is notorious for protecting his inheritance by supporting pro-oil causes around the world, including fellow oil man President George W. Bush, who appointed HUNT as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee’s Victory 2000 Committee. During the 2000 campaign, HUNT was designated as one of the 241 Bush “Pioneers” because he raised more than $100,000 in campaign donations from his family, friends and colleagues. Former President George H.W. Bush’s press secretary in the White House, Jim Oberwetter, had worked for Ray HUNT for nearly three decades.
Federal election records show that HUNT and his wife have so far donated $190,000 of their own money to the 2004 election cycle. All of that money went to Republican candidates or Republican political action committees.
One month after Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. HUNT was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He also serves as chairman of the board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is a member of the National Petroleum Council, an industry trade group that advises the president on energy policy. Vice President Cheney also served as a member of the Council during his tenure as CEO for Halliburton. In addition, HUNT serves on the board of trustees for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a foreign policy think tank which often supports causes that benefit global oil and gas projects in the Third World. One of those projects, known as the Camisea Natural Gas Project, is located in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest where both HUNT Oil and Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary will build a natural gas plant. Environmental groups say it is the most environmentally damaging project in the Amazon Basin. The (London) Independent newspaper reported that the project “will enrich some of [President Bush’s] closest corporate campaign contributors” but that it “risks the destruction of one of the world’s remaining pristine stretches of rain forest and threatens the lives of indigenous peoples.”
Originally published by Dallas Observer 1995-10-05
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In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray HUNT’s company of cheating them out of millions.
By David Pasztor
Yemen is a meager country, cobbled together from rock and sand on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. A sporadically volatile confederation of tribes that predates recorded history, Yemen still is not sure of its exact borders. It is a bit player in the Middle East, a political punk compared to its rich northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia.
Great wealth last graced the area before Christ was born, farther north on the peninsula. When there was still a bustling trade in frankincense and myrrh, the region that is now Yemen had trees producing the fragrant resins.
The rise of the Roman Empire knocked the legs out from under the frankincense trade, when Christians eschewed pagan rituals involving the once-precious incense. For Yemen, centuries of occupation, assassination, civil war, and political unrest ensued. Throughout it all the country has remained mostly poor, not as impoverished as Ethiopia, just across the Red Sea, but worse off than the bulk of the world.
That was supposed to change when Yemen decided to follow the lead of its Middle Eastern neighbors and cash in on the oil and gas that lie under its unforgiving deserts.
In 1981, Yemen awarded the HUNT Oil Company rights to drill for oil in a patch of desert that seemed to hold riches for both the Dallas-based company and the country’s government.
Landing the Yemen agreement was a coup for the company headed by Ray HUNT, a son of one of legendary Texas wildcatter H.L. HUNT’s three families. The family-owned company was no heavy hitter in the international oil business, yet it won the contract to pump oil into the next century from the deserts around Ma’rib. All it had to do was share the profits with the Yemeni government.
But almost 15 years later, Yemen’s people are still relatively poor, and some factions within the country apparently believe that HUNT Oil bears at least a small share of the blame. HUNT’s company did indeed find oil, and has been pumping it out for more than a decade.
For almost a year now, newspapers in Yemen and other Arab countries have been publishing stories accusing HUNT Oil of shortchanging the country of millions of dollars. The government, according to the Arab press reports, claims that the company owes $36 million in back taxes that it failed to pay on the salaries of non-Yemenis working for HUNT.
In addition, auditors who have looked at HUNT Oil’s books, according to internal Yemeni government records, found that the company has overstated its expenses, allowing HUNT Oil to keep revenue that should have been counted as profits and shared with the country.
Amid the turmoil, the circumstances of HUNT Oil’s efforts 15 years ago to win the oil contract are being revisited. Lengthy published stories, based largely on documents uncovered as part of an unsuccessful lawsuit litigated in Texas against the company, are reviving old allegations that HUNT Oil used treachery, bribes, and a mysterious double agent to land the oil contract in the first place.
HUNT Oil’s methods of securing the oil agreement are also the subject of a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice by another Dallas company that lost out in a bid for the oil rights. The complaint, which has been pending for more than four years, charges that HUNT Oil violated U.S. laws that prohibit companies from cheating in international trade.
In 1994, one senior Yemeni government official recommended that HUNT Oil be denied an extension when its oil agreement expires in 2005. The minister of petroleum and mineral resources also charged that HUNT Oil is purposely pumping oil out of the field too quickly. The rapid depletion, he said, could damage the oil field and Yemen’s long-term prospects of profiting from its own reserves.
The allegations, contained in two government memos written by minister Fayssal Othman ben Shamlan, fueled reports in Arab newspapers that HUNT is falling out of favor with some factions in Yemen. (Shamlan, who has since retired, could not be reached for comment.)
A NovembR>er 1994 column in one Yemeni newspaper alleged that HUNT Oil won its contract through “seductions and presents,” and is now “looting” the country’s wealth “and transforming it into a mirage.”
Al-Wahdawi, a newspaper published in the Yemeni capital of San’a, has called on the government to investigate corruption allegedly involving HUNT Oil. (All newspaper quotes have been translated from Arabic.)
“In spite of the suspicious relationship between those in power in our country with ‘HUNT,’ the smell of these exposures has become unbearable,” the newspaper wrote in July of this year. “The Yemen Government has become intolerant of the Company’s (HUNT) disrespectful behavior toward its officials, and its disregard for the agreements, to the extent that the government is looking for legal cause to terminate its agreement with the company before 2005 so as to be finished with these problems.”
A London-based journalist with extensive experience covering Yemen cautions that the country’s newspapers are notoriously biased, not to mention opportunistic. With a sufficient bribe, an individual or business with an axe to grind can usually place stories in news columns, he says. “It is not untypical of a person to buy editorial space in a paper,” he says. “They [Yemeni papers] all tend to be bought, either in whole or in part.”
For its part, HUNT Oil will not discuss the specific allegations that have surfaced in the Arab press. HUNT Oil Vice President Jim Oberwetter declined to respond to the allegations, except to generally characterize them as “scurrilous.”
In response to a series of written questions concerning the allegations faxed to HUNT Oil by the Observer, the company instructed one of its attorneys to issue the following statement:
“The allegations referred to [in the Observer letter] are replete with misleading and false statements, many of which appear calculated to harm the reputation of HUNT Oil. Therefore, the company will not dignify them with a response.”
It may be no coincidence that HUNT-bashing is showing up in the Arab press just as the Yemeni government is trying to finalize a deal awarding rights to natural gas reserves that are located in the same field where HUNT holds oil rights.
The Yemeni government wants the natural gas tapped, pumped to a coastal processing plant, and turned into liquefied natural gas (LNG) which can then be sold.
HUNT Oil vied for the LNG contract, which would have given the company a virtual stranglehold over the Ma’rib field, one of the greatest potential sources of wealth for Yemen.
Newspaper articles and two internal government memos accused HUNT Oil of trying to usurp Yemen’s sovereignty during the negotiations. HUNT Oil, according to the Yemeni government memos and two industry analysts who follow the company, tried to scare off potential competitors by claiming that it was already entitled to the natural gas rights.
“A huge argument developed between the government and HUNT/Exxon because… HUNT/Exxon wanted the gas and felt it was theirs,” says Mike Barbis, an analyst with Union Bank of Switzerland Securities. (Exxon is a partner with HUNT Oil in the Ma’rib field.)
But HUNT Oil is a “relatively small company” with no experience in LNG, and the Yemeni government wanted someone with more experience to lead the project, says Caroline Cook, an analyst for Natwest Securities in Edinburgh, Scotland.
“With a thing like LNG, it’s a very large international contract, very large amounts of money,” says Cook, who returned from a trip to Yemen last week. “You’d rather rely on a well-established player in the LNG market. HUNT doesn’t have any particular experience in that market.” …
A French consortium, TOTAL, ultimately won the contract to spearhead the LNG project. But the negotiations are not finished. HUNT Oil is still trying to win a share of the pie. Cook says HUNT may try to win a contract under which it would actually pump out the gas and pipe it to a TOTAL plant. The French group would then liquefy the gas and ship it to customers.
But HUNT Oil’s behavior in pursuing the LNG contract, and the controversy surrounding its oil operations, have provoked strident criticism in the Arab press and from at least one high-ranking government official.
“Because of all the previous happenings and all the violations that HUNT is committing in implementing the [oil] agreement, and because of all the arrogance and non-care this company displays with the Ministry…I consider that entering with HUNT into another agreement, if it continues with its present behavior, will be a catastrophe,” the country’s former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources wrote in a letter to Yemen’s acting prime minister last fall, before the LNG contract was given to the French.
A spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington did not return repeated calls from the Observer seeking comment on the relationship between HUNT Oil and the Yemeni government.
The U.S. State Department is staying out of the situation, according to a spokeswoman. “It’s our understanding that HUNT and the government in Yemen are actively engaged in an ongoing discussion on this matter, and for that reason we are not going to be making any sort of public comment on it,” she said.
Oberwetter says many of the charges being leveled against HUNT Oil are just old bones, rehashing groundless claims from an unsuccessful lawsuit filed a few years back by a company that lost out on the oil contract.
But the Arab press is not letting the issues rest. Newspapers in the Middle East have taken to calling the whole affair “Yemengate,” accusing HUNT Oil and the Yemeni government of shady dealing.
A June article in the Cairo newspaper Al Alam Alyoum was headlined “Petroleum, Concessions, Bribes, Notoriety, Sabotage and Corruption: Yemengate Threatens Biggest Officials.” It presented a gloomy assessment of HUNT Oil’s reputation in Yemen. “Sources assure us that HUNT is facing a big crisis in the Yemeni street, which is bursting with anger,” the newspaper wrote.
Yemen’s road to riches has turned into a bog, and the HUNT Oil Company is caught in the muck….
Clark HUNT (b. 1965) is Chairman of the Board of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and a founding investor-owner in Major League Soccer. After graduating from St. Mark’s School of Texas–where he is currently on the Board–he went on to finish first in his class at Southern Methodist University, where he was a captain of SMU’s nationally ranked soccer team and an Academic All-American. In addition to his activities within football and soccer, he is Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline Management Group, an investment company. He is the son of Lamar HUNT and the grandson of H.L. HUNT.
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Lamar HUNT (born August 2, 1932 in El Dorado, Arkansas) is the founder and current owner of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. In 1960 he led several other investors into forming the AFL. HUNT is largely responsible for the current direction and popularity of modern football. Subsequently, he is one of the most influential sports promoters in the United States.
The son of oil tycoon H. L. HUNT, Lamar HUNT is a 1956 graduate of The Hill School and Southern Methodist University with a B.S. degree in geology. A college football player and avid sports enthusiast, in 1959 he applied for an National Football League expansion franchise and was turned down. In response, HUNT helped organize the American Football League, which led to the creation of the Super Bowl (the name was coined by HUNT, who got inspiration from his daughter’s super ball) and a merger between the leagues in 1970. These events helped shape professional football in the United States and are greatly responsible for its current popularity.
Lamar Hunt Again
Date of birth August 2, 1932
Place of birth El Dorado, Arkansas
Position(s) League Founder
College Southern Methodist
Honors Kansas City Chiefs HOF
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1959-present Dallas Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1972
Lamar Hunt (born August 2, 1932, in El Dorado, Arkansas) is one of the most influential sports promoters in the United States. He was one of the founders of the American Football League and Major League Soccer. He is also the founder and owner of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and the Columbus Crew of MLS.
Hunt, (born August 2, 1932 in El Dorado, Arkansas) is the son of oil tycoon H. L. Hunt. Lamar was raised in Dallas, Texas. Hunt graduated The Hill School in Pennsylvania in 1950 and Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1956, with a B.S. degree in geology. Hunt was a college football player who rode the bench but was still an avid sports enthusiast during his time in college and throughout his entire childhood.
Founding of the American Football League
Hunt applied for an National Football League expansion franchise but was turned down. In 1959, professional football was a distant second to Major League baseball in popularity and the thinking among NFL executives was that the league must be careful not to “oversaturate” the market by expanding too quickly.
In response, in 1960 Hunt led several other investors in forming the AFL. Hunt encouraged, wheedled, and cajoled seven other like-minded men to form this new league. One of them, fellow Texan Bud Adams of Houston, had likewise tried but failed to be granted an NFL franchise. Lamar Hunt’s goal was to bring professional football to Texas and to acquire an NFL team for the Hunt family. Hunt became owner of the Dallas Texans, and hired future hall-of-famer Hank Stram as the team’s first head coach.
Ownership & AFL/NFL Merger
The Dallas Texans won the AFL Championship in 1962 and were one of the most successful AFL teams in the league’s early days. But the Texans’ success failed to draw fans in large numbers, as the Texas had to compete for fan loyalty with their cross-town NFL rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. In 1963 Hunt began to consider moving the team. Kansas City quickly became one of the contending cities for the franchise. During cloak-and-dagger negotiating sessions, in order to convince Hunt to move the team to Kansas City, mayor H. Roe Bartle promised Hunt home attendance of 25,000 people per game. Hunt finally agreed to move the team to Kansas City and in 1963 the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the Chiefs’ early days, attendance did not match the expansive claims Mayor Bartle had made. But in 1966 average home attendance at Chiefs games picked up and reached 37,000. By 1969 — aided by some very successful and entertaining teams — Chiefs’ home attendance had reached 51,000. In 1966 the Chiefs won their first AFL Championship and reached the first ever Super Bowl — then called the “AFL-NFL Championship Game” — where they lost to the Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs remained successful through the 1960s and in 1970 the Chiefs reached the pinnacle of success winning the AFL Championship and later went on to win Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs became an icon in Kansas City, and Hunt has never considered moving the team again.
Hunt’s most famous (though certainly not the most important) contribution to professional football is coining the name “Super Bowl” in 1969. Hunt was inspired in this by a red, white and blue super ball owned by his daughter. In her thick Texan accent, she talked about her “super ball” but was accidentally mistaken as “Super Bowl.”
The rosters of the AFL were always stocked with a certain number of players who would have excelled in any league — and that number grew as the 1960’s progressed. The best AFL coaches and owners, many of them new to the pro game, brought color, excitement and important new strategic and marketing ideas to pro football, which had often been dominated by play-calling which overrated the value of eliminating mistakes and underrated the element of surprise. While the NFL was always almost certainly the better league as a whole, the best teams of the AFL were increasingly the equals of any team in the NFL.
The AFL also substantially raised football players’ salaries by frequently bidding against the NFL for the top college stars. It was the NFL’s concern for containing salaries, more than anything else, that led a reluctant NFL to accept a merger between the two leagues in 1970. The older league could no longer claim to be far superior because by then the AFL champion New York Jets had defeated the vaunted Baltimore Colts of the NFL to win the Super Bowl. The Chiefs’ triumph over the Vikings the following season further showcased the AFL’s ability.
Lamar Hunt’s place in pro football history is secure. In 1972, Hunt became the first American Football League personage inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The trophy presented to each year’s AFC Champions is named the Lamar Hunt Trophy. In 1984, Hunt was also inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Hunt has also been influential in soccer and tennis, and has contributed to the growth of those sports in the USA. He has been elected to the Hall of Fame in all three sports.
Major League Soccer
Lamar Hunt was also one of the original founding investors of Major League Soccer in 1996. This time he owned two teams: the Columbus Crew and the Kansas City Wizards. In 1999, Hunt financed the construction of the Columbus Crew Stadium, the first of several large soccer-specific stadiums in the USA. In 2003, Hunt purchased a third team, the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas), after announcing that he would partially finance the construction of their own soccer-specific stadium. In 2004, Hunt announced that he plans on selling the Kansas City Wizards, but only to an owner or owners that would keep the team in the Kansas City area. On August 31, 2006, Hunt sold the Wizards to a six-man ownership group led by Cerner Corporation co-founders Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig.
Basketball: Hunt was one of the founding investors of the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.
Tennis: In 1967, Lamar Hunt co-founded the World Championship Tennis circuit, which gave birth to the open era in tennis. He was made a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993.
NASL: Hunt was one of the original owners of the NASL, operating the Dallas Tornado starting in 1967. The Dallas Tornado were one of the lead franchises of the NASL. They were crowned champions in 1971 and were runners-up in 1973.
Hunt was also the founder of the theme parks: Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun which opened in 1973 and 1982 respectivly.
For service to Dallas, Texas, Lamar Hunt was honored during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys/Kansas City Chiefs game in 2005.
For his efforts in building the sport of soccer in the United States in the modern era, Hunt was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992. 
The United States Soccer Federation changed the name of its oldest and most prestigious competition, the U.S. Open Cup, to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1999.
The NFL’s trophy for the champion of the American Football Conference is named in honor of Lamar Hunt.
American Football League players, coaches and contributors
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
International Tennis Hall of Fame profile
BACK TO CLARK HUNT
Chairman of the Board
St. Mark’s School of Dallas in ’83 and from SMU in ’87
Clark HUNT has taken on an even greater role in overseeing the HUNT family’s long-standing interest in the Kansas City Chiefs football franchise in recent years. He is entering his second season as the franchise’s Chairman of the Board after holding the post of the Vice Chairman from 2001-04. The 41-year-old HUNT negotiated a four-year contract extension with President Carl Peterson in 2005, helping to solidify the day-to-day leadership of the franchise for the foreseeable future.
He also represents the family at board and NFL meetings, as well as team management sessions. At the league level, HUNT serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan, the NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan, the NFL Player Supplemental/Disability Plan and the NFL Player Annuity Program. In addition, HUNT has been actively involved in the continuing efforts to implement a long-term solution to the many issues surrounding Arrowhead Stadium in order to ensure that the Chiefs and their fans may continue to enjoy one of the NFL’s foremost football facilities in Kansas City for years to come.
HUNT is also a founding investor-operator in Major League Soccer, which includes the 2000 MLS Champion Kansas City Wizards. In that role, HUNT has served as chairman of the 11-year old league’s Finance Committee and is a member of the league’s Labor Committee and Board of Governors. He also has chaired the MLS Competition Committee since the league’s inception, helping design and implement all facets of the league’s rules of competition. In 2004, he took on additional duties as a member of the MLS Television Committee and became co-chairman of the Technical Committee in 2005.
In addition to his responsibilities with the family’s sports franchises, HUNT serves as Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline, Inc. Through Shoreline, HUNT provides advisory services to a diverse group of companies in the financial services industries. He began his business career as an analyst with Goldman Sachs & Company in New York and later moved to the firm’s Los Angeles office.
HUNT graduated first in his class at Southern Methodist University in ‘87, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He was a two-time recipient of the university’s highest academic accolade, the Provost Award for Outstanding Scholar. During his collegiate athletic career he was a four-year letterman on the Mustangs nationally-ranked soccer squad, earning first-team Academic All-America honors as a junior and senior and serving as a Tri-Captain his final season. He continued his involvement with SMU by serving as a member of the school’s 21st Century Council from 1995-03. He was named the SMU Cox School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni in 2004 and in 2005 he was appointed to the Cox School Executive Board.
A member of the Young President’s Organization since ‘98, HUNT also serves as a Trustee of the St. Mark’s School of Texas and a member of the school’s investment committee for its endowment. In addition, he is involved with a number of non-profit community organizations. He was born on February 19, 1965 in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the St. Mark’s School of Dallas in ‘83. HUNT and his wife Tavia have three children – Gracelyn, Knobel and Ava.
When you see Flags of Our Fathers, keep an eye peeled for Highland Park-raised hunk Stark Sands, grandson of Mansion on Turtle Creek founder Caroline Rose HUNT. (His parents are Ramona Sands and the late Bunker Sands.) Director Clint Eastwood cast Stark as Sgt. Walter Gust in the Steven Spielberg-produced film about the battle for Iwo Jima.
CLARK HUNT AGAIN
Schellas Hyndman has been offered the FCD head coach job the last two times it was available, but turned it down reportedly for security and salary reason. While the job security has not changed, Schellus may have. Hyndman has stated more recently that he should have taken the FCD gig, saying something to the effect that chances to coach as the highest level don’t come across that often. The HUNT family connection to Hyndman remains in place, Clark HUNT having been a captain under Schellas at SMU.
CLARK HUNT, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (FORESHADOWING)
CST on Saturday, November 11, 2006
CityReach/Lift Up America
alliance feeds hungry families
By Barbara Bedrick
Texas Baptist Communications
FRISCO—Waiting in a long line failed to faze Joe Patterson, pastor of Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Dallas. He knew he would soon receive more than 1,000 pounds of chicken as part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas City Reach 2006.
Visiting with other Baptist pastors and FC Dallas soccer team players fresh from the playoffs, Patterson was pleased to participate in the BGCT City Reach Lift Up America alliance to help others.
“We are excited to be a part of this City Reach opportunity,” he said. “This will enable us to help hundreds of hungry families in our community.”
The BGCT partnered with the FC Dallas team, Lift Up America and its corporate sponsors, including Tyson, Interstate Batteries and Ty Beanie Babies.
Gathering to reap the gifts, Baptist ministers and church members loaded up vans and trucks to provide for North Texas children and families who have no food.
“This gift—1,000 pounds of chicken—will help meet the needs of those less fortunate in our county, and more importantly help us share the gospel,” said Melinda Polk, director of Kaufman Christian Help Center. “This partnership is wonderful for our families and our children.”
Hefting boxes of food, batteries and dolls, FC Dallas soccer team players teamed up with Texas Baptists to help distribute donations from the Lift Up America Day of Sharing Nov. 6.
Founded in 2004 with a mission to serve communities across the country, Lift Up America provides necessities to families nationwide. It will provide more than 2,600 North Texas families meals for several weeks.
“Our partnership with Lift Up America gives us the opportunity to help provide resources that we often take for granted,” said CLARK HUNT investor/operator of FC Dallas. “Our team is proud to take time to give back to the community in this heartfelt mission.”
Coordinating 17 churches and ministries, the BGCT expedited distribution of corporate donations, 20,000 pounds of chicken, hundreds of batteries and dozens of dolls.
“We are blessed to be a part of this corporate humanitarian event to help reach hundreds of families in our communities,” said Gerald Davis, BGCT community development specialist.
“It is estimated that nearly one in three children will drop out of school; the likelihood increases when students are faced with extra challenges. Hopefully, the donations of these caring corporations will help end the cycle,” said Dave Hannah, CEO of Lift Up America.
The Lift Up America Day of Sharing was one of dozens of City Reach 2006 events happening prior to the BGCT annual meeting in Dallas. More than 400 people attended community block parties at Valley View Baptist Church in Farmer’s Branch and Keystone Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
“This is our first outreach to the community since I arrived as pastor three months ago,” said Damon Halliday, pastor of Keystone Baptist Church. “In that time, the church has grown from 15 members to 100.”
The City Reach event included a mime performance about Christ’s return, a Christian comedian, basketball tournaments for children, a live band and a message from Christian athlete and world champion power lifter Randall Harris.
“Shy away from the things that will destroy your dreams in life,” Harris said.
Texas Baptists also were slated to work with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes in south and west Dallas.
There are two particularly curious US oil companies that have staked their fortunes (or sombody else’s) on Kazakstan. Both appear to have a myriad of ties to the US intelligence community and have received very unusual funding. The big question: What have they done with it? One is Chaparral Resources of Houston, which recently received a windfall $50-mil of political risk insurance from OPIC. You won’t find any press releases about it, but the document is buried in an exhibit to a recent Chaparral SEC disclosure. Just before the OPIC deal, which cleared the way for $24-mil of loans from Shell Capital, a new round of equity funding brought in about $8 mil from the likes of ROBERT STRAUSS and his DC law firm. Other investors in the deal include the spooky Allen & Co and various Cayman or other offhore funds. Oh yes, BILL GATES and ANDRE AGASSI show up as 144 filers probably thanks to their connections to Allen & Co. Another privileged pre-OPIC investor was a Denver company called Capco Energy, run by one Ilyas Chaudhary. His last gig was running Saba Petroleum, a Caliornia-based Colombian oil producer that he sold about a year ago. Chaudhary is related by marriage to Lutfur Kahn, the former chairman of Arakis Energy, the Canadian company that launched that big, controversial Sudan pipeline play with China’s CNPC, before it was sold to Talisman Energy Chaparral’s holding is 50% of a possibly large oil field, with the other half owned by the Kaz gov’t and unidentified private interests there. How did Chaparral get into this play? It bought the interest from a murky Channel Islands entity. Another is AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM, which has a similar 50% stake in a Kazakstan gas play. A 10% carried interest is held by a company controlled by the brother of Nursultan Nazarbyev.
On AIPN’s board is Donald Rynne, a Persian Gulf shipping promoter and long-time friend and law client of late CIA head William Casey. Much of the funding for AIPN has come from the sale of unregistered “Reg S” convertible debentures to offshore investment funds controlled by CLARK HUNT (of the Lamar HUNT wing of the Dallas clan).
Another company HUNT has played similar games with is UNITED PETROLEUM, on whose board he installed former WATERGATE break-in operative ROLANDO MARTINEZ for a time last year. Martinez has has a long relationship with the CIA.
12:00 AM CST on Saturday, November 11, 2006
By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News
Executive board members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas will meet again next week to discuss the misuse of church-starting funds in the Rio Grande Valley, a scandal some irate pastors are calling “Valleygate.”
Independent investigators delivered a report to the board Oct. 31. They said that from 1999 to 2005, $1.3 million in BGCT funds had gone toward starting 258 Valley churches, sponsored by three local pastors.
But investigators found that many were more like home Bible studies than churches, some were “phantom churches” that didn’t exist at all, and only five are still active.
The report also described poor BGCT record-keeping and the waiving of BGCT regulations regarding help for church starts.
BGCT executive director CHARLES WADE apologized to the board at the Oct. 31 meeting, saying he had been too trusting of staff members who assured him that there were no serious problems with the church-starts.
Although board members spent several hours on Oct. 31 hearing from investigators about the report, they met only briefly in executive session to discuss it. They will meet in executive session again at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Dallas, just before the BGCT annual meeting here.
During Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 1992, Swanee Hunt co-chaired “Serious Women, Serious Issues, Serious Money,” a ground-breaking initiative that brought together women from all walks of life to generate major financial backing for a national political campaign. Since then, she has remained very active in the Democratic Party, supporting candidates at all levels. During the 2004 election, Hunt was national co-chair of Dick Gephardt’s 2004 presidential bid and subsequently active in John Kerry’s campaign.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Hunt consults with government officials and civil society leaders around the world. She has authored numerous chapters for edited books, and articles for newspapers and journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, and Dallas Morning News. She also writes a nationally syndicated column. Her book, This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, won the 2005 PEN/New England Award for non-fiction and includes a foreword by former President Clinton. Hunt has also provided news commentary and analysis on a number of international and domestic programs, including CNN, MSNBC, PBS and CBS “Evening News.”
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Evil and Suffering…Why?
“Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” – June Hunt
June Hunt has a personal relationship with DRUG COMPANIES:
June Hunt relying on check list stereotypes to promote child abuse hysteria …
Heiress to a part of the H.L. Hunt fortune, Ms. Hunt serves on the board of the Dallas Ftw Christian Heritage Newspaper.
It is evident that Ms. Hunt is trying to help others with her advice. It is unfortunately also obvious that she follows a psychologized gospel. I call on this dear sister in the Lord to come out of this worldly wisdom and come back to the pure truth of God’s Word.
Her announcer on the program also works for psychiatrist Frank Minirth on his television show. Frank tells everyone on his show that Jesus is the most important thing and then takes the entire half hour pushing drugs to cure Christian’s sin problems.
Dr. Minirth operates a mental health clinic in Richardson, Texas after ending his ties with Dr. Paul Meier after a scandal in which Christians were harmed when they called into a Christian talk radio show.
Certain radio and television minstries continue to solicit funds from Christians while they lead the faithful into psychologic false teachings and into mesmerism….
Dr. Frank Minirth
Where to Find Trust in an Age of False Gods?
“The end times are here, judging from the news headlines. It seems that all we normally take for granted and rely upon for our survival can no longer be trusted. This sense of betrayal and unease is as good a mark as any of the end days and it appears widespread. … “
Those professing Christians who counsel according to the psychological wisdom of men continue to thrive in spite of recently documented problems. The September 16, 1996 issue of Christianity Today reported some of the more serious allegations against the Minirth-Meier/New Life Clinics and other ostensibly Christian providers in the psychotherapy industry. The article titled “Hurting Helpers” quotes Dr. Gary Collins, a long-time advocate of integrating psychological theories with the Bible and current president of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Collins says:
Our field is in a period of crisis…. Some of the inpatient programs give an image of greed and make people feel that companies get people in a hospital and keep them there until their insurance runs out, and then they let them go …
What is the purpose of the MMNL clinic radio broadcast? Insiders from the Minirth-Meier group have reported that their radio broadcasts were viewed by the owners as infomercials designed to draw paying clients into the therapeutic net….
The psychobabble coming from the Minirth-Meier Clinic’s “Christian” call-in radio program would be humorous entertainment were it not so tragic in the havoc wrought in the lives of unsuspecting Christians. In a program aired on 12/10/91, Drs. Hemfelt and Meier spent over half of the one hour program in an analysis of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. They closely examined the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, determining that Scrooge was a suffering “codependent” who was miraculously cured in one night when the Ghost of Christmas Past visited Scrooge and showed him that he was “a discontent, a negaholic, addicted to money, and suffered from interpersonal relationship difficulties” (all of which were supposedly caused by the childhood trauma of Scrooge losing his mother at a tender age, his father then turning emotionally against him, rejecting him, and then shuttling him off to boarding schools, thereby effectively abandoning him rather than unconditionally accepting him).
Hemfelt warns listeners that Christians, unlike Scrooge, cannot expect to be cured or healed of codependency in a few hours one evening, but rather will need a “mechanism of recovery,” such as the Minirth-Meier Clinic, where the staff tries to “duplicate the Scrooge Experience,” which “sometimes takes five days at a care clinic, or a week or so in the hospital [at a cost of approximately $2000-$5000 per week!], or several weeks or months of committed outpatient counseling,” where “the same kind of miraculous transformation can occur.”
[TO BE CONTINUED … ]