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June 13, 2014

King admits failing to report donations





After a complaint was filed with the Texas Ethics Commission against Tom Craddick involving the $25,000 donation to King and was publicized last month by Lone Star Project, a political action committee targeting Texas Republicans, King said his office audited two years’ of their books and found the issue.

Aaron Renaud – who, according to the Texas Green Party website, is a candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 in Denton County and, according to his Facebook page, attends the University of North Texas – told the Democrat that he filed a complaint against King with the Texas Ethics Commission Friday, as well.  

“If we truly believe in honest government and fiscal responsibility, we shouldn’t tolerate someone with continuous ethics complaints,” Renaud wrote.

King challenged Renaud’s claim to live in Decatur and said he was not a constituent. However, Wise County confirmed Renaud is a registered voter in King’s district. 

In 2012, Renaud voiced support for King’s challenger, Decatur resident Matthew Britt, on social media. 

Britt, a Democrat, faces King again on the November ballot. 

“It’s just a liberal opponent,” King said. “It’s the second time they’ve run against me. They can’t win on the issues so they’re trying to generate mud.”


Green card donation

Though King said the two issues are unrelated, King’s critics say they believe the missing information is related to a particularly large donation King’s campaign fund made several months prior. 

On July 10, 2012, King made a donation of $25,000 to the DFW Conservative Voters Political Action Committee. 

According to campaign finance reports reviewed by the WD of campaign expenses from 2010 through 2013, King did donate to several campaigns, though no other single expenditure reported by King during the four year period exceeds $6,000.

According to the PAC’s filings with the Texas Ethics Commission noting who received support during the July 31 runoff, Dallas/Fort Worth Conservative Voters backed Christi Craddick and Barry Smitherman for Texas Railroad Commissioner, David Medina for Texas Supreme Court Justice, Stephanie Klick for State Representative of District 91 in Tarrant County, a candidate for district judge in Tarrant County and three Tarrant County constable candidates.

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