Julia Smekalina, press secretary for the Ben Hall for Mayor Campaign issued the following statement regarding Ms. Annise Parker's effort to defend her millionaire status:
“Yesterday, Ms. Parker’s campaign released a false claim that her present millionaire status is the result of inheritance gifts from her deceased grandmother. Problem is, the facts and records of the grandmother's estate don't support that bogus excuse. The truth is this typical politician has become a millionaire by feathering her own nest while in public office.
A review of Ms. Parker’s personal financial statement shows that any inheritance benefits she received were small and were NOT included in our calculation of her $1.2 million net worth in 2012 (see attached 2012 PFS Part 5 and Parker Assets & Income calculation below). During her time in public office, she has become a millionaire, turning her $390,000 net worth in 1997-1998 into nearly $1.2 million by 2012. And now she is attempting to cover it up on the grave of a loved one.
Shame on you Ms. Parker!
Ben Hall earned his money the hard way--working in the private sector. Ms. Parker has chosen to become a millionaire when she was supposed to be handling the voters' business.
And while we are on this subject, it is concerning that Ms. Parker failed to include the earnings/wealth of her partner, Ms. Kathy Hubbard, from her recent disclosures. A complete picture of Ms. Parker’s net worth, money and assets, can only be learned when she releases the net worth of her partner, who contributes to their household income.”
Parker Assets and Income - 2012*
ASSET/INCOME VALUE NOTES
Tax appraisal value of properties $880,872.00 (Not actual sale value)
Rental income $35,500.00 (Minimum—could be as high as $60K)
Stock value $45,892.18 (Minimum--could be as high as $250K)
Current salary $209,138.00 (Does not include pay increase)
Sale of stock $5,000.00 (Could be as high as $10k)
*Note: While Ms. Parker did report the inheritance trust, valued between $500-$4,999, the $1,180,902.18 total does not include it. Source: Ben Hall Campaign document based on Parker 2012 Personal Financial Statement, available through the Houston City Secretary’s Office.