Ethics complaint: Wendy Davis didn’t disclose income, lobbyist ties

Ethics complaint: Wendy Davis didn’t disclose income, lobbyist ties

HOUSTON – An ethics complaint filed against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis this week argues that Davis has failed to disclose all of her sources of income and ties to lobbyists, as required by state law.

According to the complaint, Davis failed to disclose more than $25,000 in interest and dividends she earned from 2010 to 2012 on the personal financial statements she filed those years. Davis also failed to disclose that she was paid by the employer of a lobbyist — namely, the law firm of Cantey Hanger, LLP.

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 disclose her partnership with Newby Davis, as required.

The ethics complaint was filed Monday by Lou Ann Anderson, the editor of Watchdog Wire – Texas, a citizen journalism initiative of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

Anderson found the undisclosed income on Davis’ own tax returns, which she recently made public.

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