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New ethics complaint against Wendy Davis, hid income and ties to lobbyists

Wendy Davis, then and now.
Wendy Davis, then and now.

Democrat nominee for the Governor's Mansion in the Lone Star State is finding herself at the receiving end of a new ethics violation complaint filed with the Texas government, as reported by Fox News on Jan. 30, 2014 via on Jan. 29, 2014.

State Senator and darling of the left since her recent pro-abortion filibuster in the Texas State Legislature, Wendy Davis has just been figuratively slapped with accusations that she failed to disclose income as well as ties to lobbyists as required by state law for those seeking elected office.

The editor of the citizens rights/journalism activists group Watchdog Wire – Texas, Lou Ann Anderson, filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission, claiming Davis failed to disclose $25,000 in both interest and dividends she earned from 2010 to 2012.

According to the complaint, Davis is also accused of failing "to disclose that she was paid by the employer of a lobbyist — namely, the law firm of Cantey Hanger, LLP."

Fox News also cited that "Cantey Hanger lists Davis as 'of counsel' to the firm. It also employed two lobbyists for 2012, according to its lobby registration list on file with the Texas Ethics Commission. These were Marcy Weldin Foster and Gov. Rick Perry‘s former chief of staff, Brian C. Newby, who also happens to be Davis’ partner in the firm of Newby Davis, PLLC."

Davis did correctly notify the Texas Ethics Commission of her partnership with Newby Davis, per the requirement.

While researching Davis' own tax returns, which she made public only recently, Anderson hammered home her findings when she was quoted:

What I found were questions — questions that it doesn’t take being a CPA, a lawyer or other government policy analyst to recognize. Information (for the cited years) provided to the IRS is far more detailed than information provided to the Texas Ethics Commission as mandated by state law. That mandate exists in support of government transparency. It exists so the public can identify potential conflicts of interest, so voters can have a tool to monitor that public interests are not usurped by self-interested elected officials.

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