Texas Ethics Commission Condemns Misleading Campaign Communications - State and Federal Communications

December 13, 2013  •  

Texas Ethics Commission Condemns Misleading Campaign Communications

Texas Capitol Rotunda Dome InteriorThe Texas Ethics Commission issued a resolution “unanimously condemn[ing] the use of misleading campaign communications regarding the activities of the [Ethics] Commission.”

In its resolution, issued on December 3, 2013 and released online this week, the commission states the use of statements like “‘a sworn complaint has been filed against Candidate A’ or ‘the Texas Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint against Candidate A’ are improper attempts to mislead the public.”

The commission asserts “anyone can file a complaint” with or without merit and the commission must investigate every sworn complaint, “whether it has merit or not.” Because of that, the bipartisan commission finds the use of such campaign advertising “an unfair practice” and argues the use of statements concerning the mere filing of a complaint or a legally required investigation of a complaint doesn’t provide “meaningful information” to voters.

Photo of the Texas State Capitol dome interior by Edward Uthman in Wikimedia Commons.

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