December 14, 2007

Dukes to file amended reports after being busted

Looks like Dawnna will be taking care of that MULTI-YEAR problem with her campaign finance reports we told you about last week. Oh, and just a note for the reporter to whom Colin Struther leaked Dawnna's decision to finally come clean, John Coby was the one who actually, you know, found out about all this. He's been doing a series on the State Reps and how they spend their campaign money. You should read it since it's a good primer on campaign finance.

It'll also keep you from being duped by someone like Colin.

The paper also mentioned Rick Noriega who actually discovered his mistakes and reported himself. For his trouble, the board fined him $1k for reporting late. His reports were only wrong in 2006. Dawnna's problem goes back to 2000. Who knows how high her fine will be. The funny part is this...

Colin Strother, Dukes' political consultant, said Dukes began reporting the credit card spending correctly last year after the Ethics Commission sent a reminder to lawmakers. But she had not corrected past reports.

At least Rep. Noriega was out of the country fighting in Afghanistan when most of the charges occurred corrected it as soon as he could. Dawnna, on the other hand, just decided to file erroneous reports beginning in 2000. Then, she started filing them the right way when they sent her a 'reminder'? Oh, come on!

Kudos to her for finally correcting them, but one has to wonder if she'd be doing that if John Coby at Bay Area Houston hadn't pointed out that she was in violation in the first place.

And with that, I give you the weekend... stay warm, boys and girls!

Posted by mcblogger at December 14, 2007 05:58 PM

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