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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: William Ceverha
Occupation: Lobbyist, Self-employed
Industry: Lawyers & Lobbyists
Home: Dallas, Texas


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A co-founder of the Texas Conservative Coalition, this ex-state legislator was an author of a constitutional cap on state spending. Ceverha led a local group that defeated a Dallas referendum to fund a rail plan in ‘88. Ceverha resurfaced 10 years later, however, as a revolving-door lobbyist promoting a record $380-million Dallas bond initiative to develop the banks of the Trinity River. Critics call it a boondoggle to line the pockets of Ceverha’s client, Pioneer Louis Beecherl, Jr., and other tycoons who own adjacent land. Bush appointed Ceverha’s wife, Mary, to the Texas Board of Health. After heavy lobbying by Bush Pioneer Tom Loeffler’s firm, this board voted in ’99 to bury rules that would have restricted sales of the weight-loss supplement ephedrine, which had been linked to eight Texas deaths. One industry beneficiary of this policy is Pioneer Craig Keeland

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