AUSTIN (AP) - A California veteran has gone to the Texas Ethics
Commission with complaints against 10 state lawmakers and 15
Dave Palmer, who lives in Folsom, Calif., said he began
investigating judicial misconduct in 1995 based on personal
experience in Ohio. He said he invests much of his time looking at
campaign finance records to expose officials who he believes are
violating the rules.
State Sen. John Whitmire, from Houston, is among those Palmer
has filed an ethics complaint against. Palmer said the senator
personally gained from using funds from his campaign chest for
$165,061 worth of Houston Astros, Texans and Rockets tickets.
The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News report
Whitmire said yesterday that --quote-- it's a total non-issue by
some character out in California, so I don't care what he thinks --
Palmer's complaint against Whitmire also accuses the senator of
not fully identifying major campaign contributors by not including
the donor's occupation and employer.
Whitmire said he was unaware of the requirement, which became
law in 2003, and will instruct the person who prepares his reports
to amend them.
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