Shortage of accountability in Fort Worth election

Posted Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Three days after the Fort Worth school bond election, there is one matter to clear up.

In Texas, both sides in bond elections are required to report campaign donations and expenses publicly and promptly, so that voters may know with complete transparency exactly who is behind campaign ads.

So far, one side has not filed a complete report.

A week ago, several days before the election, many Fort Worth voters received slick postcards telling them “It’s OK To Say No” to the bonds.

On Saturday, the same PAC began delivering yard signs, according to a photo on Facebook.

Yet the “It’s OK To Say No To The School Bond Committee” has not reported its campaign spending past Oct. 26.

In that report, the committee disclosed raising only $50 and spending only $23.

That doesn’t reconcile with a different PAC’s finance report.

The Austin-based Accountability First PAC reported donating $7,140 to the Fort Worth committee on Oct. 23.

(The same PAC also donated $7,250 that day to oppose the bond election in Bedford and $1,880 to opponents in Burleson.)

So far, the Fort Worth committee has not submitted an updated report reflecting that gift or disclosed any spending for mailers or yard signs.

A committee accepting money in the name of accountability should show some.

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