Local leaders speak out about past campaign contributions
Feb 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM CST
Feb 23, 2012
A raid resulting in the arrest of man, now accused of money laundering is said to be the middleman linking the Zeta Cartel and former Governor of Tamaulipas Tomas Yarrington.
There are also reports that the man had connections to Governor Rick Perry and then-Governor George W. Bush, as well as contributions made to a local congressman and sheriff.
Details in the San Antonio Express news article reveal 56-year-old Antonio Pena Arguelles arrested earlier this month is facing serious accusations including being tied to Mexican politicians, including the Mexican governor Yarrington and Zeta drug cartel members.
Other details are also being revealed as well.
Pena-Arguelles gave $1,500 to Martin Cuellar’s election campaign in 2007 and in 2006 Antonio Pena’s then-wife gave $1,000 to the re-election effort of Henry Cuellar.
Congressman Cuellar made it clear that when he learned where the money came from last year, he donated it to charity and said it's impossible to keep track of where campaign money is coming from.
We talked to congressman Henry Cuellar earlier today who referred us to his campaign Consultant Colin Strother for more questions about the contribution.
As for his contribution from the same source Sheriff Martin Cuellar issued a statement.
It says: "As soon as we were made aware that there was an issue, I immediately returned the check. We wanted to do the right thing. Had I known who the contributor was I would have not accepted it."
There are other local politicians who also received campaign contributions from Pena-Arguelles as well. One of those is former District Attorney Joe Rubio $1,000.