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Rep. Craig Eiland fined $2,000 by state Ethics Commission
Tuesday, Jul 05, 2011, 05:43PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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The Texas Ethics Commission has fined Rep. Craig Eiland $2,000 for failing to disclose the total amount of campaign contributions and to properly identify contributors and the purpose of expenditures, together totalling $41,430, on legally required reports between November of 2008 and March 2010.

Eiland, D-Texas City, made corrections to those reports when the violations were brought to his attention. Texas Watchdog contacted his political staff, but Eiland was on a flight and unable to comment.

While Eiland made a partial identification he failed to disclose how he spent $14,370 of the contributions. He failed to provide full addresses and in one case the name of a payee for $13,960 in expenditures.

Eiland did not disclose the full name of an employer, his main job title and occupation, of contributors who gave him two donations totaling $10,600. He also failed to properly identify out-of-state political committees who made three political contributions totalling $2,500.
Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or or on Twitter at @marktxwatchdog.

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