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King files amended campaign finance report

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014

State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) has filed an amended campaign finance report showing $37,250 in contributions that had been omitted from previous filings.

Phil King

The amended report was filed June 3 with the Texas Ethics Commission.

King blamed the oversight on an office move that took place during the nine days when the donations were received, between Dec. 3 and Dec. 11, 2013. In a sworn statement to the TEC, he said the error was discovered in a self-audit of the Jan. 15, 2013, campaign finance report.

The lion’s share of the $37,250 was a $25,000 donation to King’s campaign by former House Speaker Tom Craddick.

The Commission is currently investigating an ethics complaint that alleges the omission was an attempt to “launder” money donated by Craddick to King’s campaign, which he then passed on to another political action committee to be used in the campaign of Craddick’s daughter, Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick for her 2012 Republican Party primary runoff campaign.

According to King’s filing with the Texas Ethics Commission on June 3, eight contributions were inadvertently omitted.

“We discovered that these contributions, received between Dec. 3-11, 2012, were not itemized, although the total amount of those contributions was reported correctly and included in the Contribution Balance on page 2 of the cover sheet of the original report.

“During that nine-day timeframe, my staff and I were moving my district, campaign and law offices of 19 years and my Capitol office at the Capitol, causing significant disruption for several weeks.”

The filing states that copies of the eight contributions were “either lost or misplaced” and are still missing. The King campaign used bank digital copies and TEC reports filed by the donors to reconstruct the record for their amended filing.

The omitted entries included:

  • $1,000 from Friends of Baylor Med.
  • $25,000 from Tom Craddick
  • $1,000 from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Campaign Fund
  • $1,000 from Ace Cash Express Inc. PAC
  • $250 from Gulf States Toyota Inc. State PAC
  • $1,000 from Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas Casino Revenue Fund
  • $500 from Locke Lord Bissell and Liddell LLP, and
  • $7,500 from the Fort Worth Firefighters Committee for Responsible Government

The amended report requests the TEC “waive or reduce any fine applicable since this was a noncritical report and the errors were due to circumstances associated with a major office move.”

In filing the amended report, King has to swear that the original report was made in good faith and without an intent to mislead or misrepresent and that the amended filing was made not later than 14 business days after he learned that the original report was inaccurate or incomplete.

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