DALLAS -- A Smith Barney Shearson broker last year claimed he should be paid a bonus because his political connections to Harris County officials were critical in getting the firm assignments in $727 million of bond issues, a published report says.

Citing an internal March 1992 memo, the Houston Post reported on Sunday that broker John Wilson L. Kelsey cited his links to Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay and others as key to the county's decision to include the firm in two negotiated refundings in 1991 and 1992.

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