The Texas Ethics Committee has fined Texas legislator Allen Fletcher $6,500, after they said he failed to respond to a complaint alleging corporate contributions and improper reporting of contributions.
The nine page order runs through a host of allegations filed by members of the Texas Ethics Advisory Board, a Tea Party affiliated group which has filed several complaints against politicians of both political parties.
The order from the TEC states that Fletcher denied the allegations, but failed to respond to a list of written questions that the TEC sent him last April.
“Postal records show that the document was delivered to the respondent on May 1, 2012,” the TEC order states. “To date, the respondent has not submitted a response to the questions.”
The TEC stated that they could not find evidence that Fletcher willingly accepted corporate contributions. Other allegations that Fletcher did not properly disclose the amount of certain contributions were dismissed.
“Thirty of the contributions at issue did not come from a corporation or labor organization,” the document states. “For 11 contributions, the evidence was inconclusive as to the status of the contributor or the respondent’s knowledge of that status.”
The TEC document states that there was credible information that six contributions did not properly disclose the contributors full name and the full address or occupations of 12 contributors.
The main violation, according to documents, is Fletcher allegedly not responding to the TEC’s written questions, which is what caused the hefty fine.
William Elmer, a spokesperson for the Texas Ethics Advisory Board, said the group filed the complaints because it believes Fletcher had illegally used or accepted funds.
“Fletcher has turned on the Tomball Tea Party and reneged on his pledges of smaller government and immigration reform,” he said in a statement. “Fletcher now supports sanctuary city status for Tomball and supported the establishment of a day labor center there.”
Fletcher did not respond to an interview request before press time.