I’ve taken down a post I had up earlier about Doug Manchester, who gave $5,000 to Austin Together, the PAC supporting the bond propositions on the ballot this fall. I may have mistaken Douglas W. Manchester for his father, Douglas F. Manchester. The Chronicle apparently made the same mistake five years ago:
They say the devil is in the details. In the case of last week’s story on the planned Fairmont Austinhotel (“Faulty Tower: Anti-LGBT Money Behind Fairmont Austin,” March 15), the detail was a middle initial. Douglas F. Manchester, the founder and chairman of Manchester Financial Group, gained notoriety for his large donation to California’s same-sex marriage banning Proposition 8 campaign. Douglas W. Manchester is the president of locally based Manchester Texas Financial Group. According to the younger Manchester, the father is not the son.
Anyway, I’m not entirely sure yet whether I made the same mistake, since the campaign finance report does not include the middle initial. The listed employer is Manchester Financial Group, the company that Doug F. founded. Doug W. is the president of Texas Manchester Financial Group, an Austin-based division of the parent company, whose board he sits on. It really could be either of them, but my guess is that it’s the son, not the father. But I have taken the post down until I can get confirmation.
Anyway, I’m going to try to get an answer from the PAC and figure out who’s who. I apologize for the (likely) error and confusion.