Cedar Park PAC will pay $500 fine for filing late finance report – Austin American-Statesman
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A representative for a Cedar Park political action committee that has made donations to two candidates running for City Council said he mistakenly believed that the group didn’t have to file any campaign finance reports until July.
Mitch Fuller, the treasurer of the Citizens for Sensible Growth Political Action Committee, said he discovered his error this week. He said he was filing the required financial reports Friday with the Texas Ethics Commission.
The political action committee has faced criticism from several people, including City Council candidate Cobby Caputo, for not filing the reports.
Fuller said the committee will pay a $500 fine to the ethics commission for filing a late report. Fuller said he discovered this week while going through paperwork that the committee was supposed to file a 30-day campaign finance report on April 7. Fuller said he is also going to file the 8-day report due Friday.
Fuller said the members of the PAC feel bad about the error. “We had no intent to hide anything,” he said.
Caputo has previously said Citizens for Sensible Growth was illegally participating in the election because it hadn’t filed a campaign finance report. “We don’t know where their money came from,” Caputo said. “It’s a dark money PAC in a city election that is flaunting campaign finance transparency laws.”
Fuller told a Statesman reporter last week that the PAC wasn’t breaking any laws because it didn’t have to file a campaign finance report until July.
Fuller said Friday the 30-day campaign finance report he is filing will show that the group collected $32,000 from local residents.
The PAC has donated $10,000 to Cedar Park City Council candidate Kaden Norton and $9,000 to City Council candidate Maria Talamo, said Fuller.
Norton is running against Caputo, a former council member, for place 4. Talamo is running against incumbent Kristyne Bollier for place 6.
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