The printing and postage costs of the mailer the group sent promoting candidates for the runoff election totaled just over $25,000, according to the group’s records.
Craddick easily beat out her opponent in Tarrant County and took nearly 60 percent of the vote statewide during that election.
The donation was not unusual, according to King, who gave $10,000 to the group in January leading up to the recent Republican primary election.
With a wide distribution base, King said he sees the green card mailer as giving the most bang for the buck for campaign contributions.
During the 2012 runoff election, he was particularly concerned about the race involving Klick, who faced a tight primary runoff in Tarrant County for the state representative office, according to King.
Craddick could have completely ethically wrote a check to the DFW Conservative Voters, King noted. “There’s no reason to hide these things.”
Though the state ethics commission has not ruled on the merits of the recent complaint against King, the commission has fined King for other violations in 2006 and 2009.
King said he does take seriously the campaign finance reports, something he compared to a tax return, very long, very detailed and very confusing.
“I would suspect that we put well over 100 hours a year of staff time into preparing the accounting reports for the Texas Ethics Commission,” King said. “I strongly support what they do but it’s like any accounting thing, if you go and audit anybody, you are going to find errors.”