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Pffttt! Texas *Ethics* Commission Says Gifts Of Money Can Stay Secret
 


27 November 2006 at 10:57:06 PM
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Wrote about this before and it seemed absurd and dishonest at the time. Still does. As the article here points out, they're all Republicans on this panel. And the only way to apparently keep the *Ethics* committee honest is for the Texas Legislature to pass an amended law that says that PUBLIC officials have to say in full disclosure HOW MUCH they received, not just IF.

The issue has been a fierce battle since last year when Bill Ceverha – a friend and appointee of House Speaker Tom Craddick – reported on his personal financial disclosure form that he had received a "check." Mr. Ceverha, a former House member from Dallas, sits on a board that oversees the $20 billion state employee retirement fund.

After public furor, Mr. Ceverha and his benefactor, Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, told The Dallas Morning News that Mr. Perry had donated $100,000 to Mr. Ceverha, who had declared bankruptcy because of lawsuits over his involvement with a Republican political action committee.

Democratic lawmakers decried the commission's interpretation, calling its definitions "indefensible."

"The Republican culture of corruption continues to defy logic," said House Democratic leader Jim Dunnam of Waco. He noted that all eight members of the Ethics Commission have been appointed by Republicans – the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker.

"This opinion assaults common sense requirements for full and open disclosure," Mr. Dunnam said.


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