A new candidate for public office may not be an expert on the Texas law requiring campaign finance reports.
However, it is a crime to not file on time.
Hoppy Haden is the new Commissioner in Caldwell County. He’s leading the move to cut a deal with Green Group Holdings for a host agreement for a big tower of trash outside of town, even though the TCEQ is a long way from granting them the final permit.
Of course, the smell, the traffic, and possible environmental threat to the flood plain won’t be in Haden’s district, it will be in Lytton Springs, in Commissioner Joe Roland’s Precinct. Roland is vexed that political courtesy is being thrown out the door. Even in Harris County, hardly a bastion of political ethics, you would never see a Commissioner ignored like this. The same thing happened in Waller County when Green Group was involved.
We went to the Caldwell County Elections Office to look up Mr. Haden’s campaign finance reports. We know his campaign treasurer knows to file, because there are reports through October 20, 2016.
The final report, the one with the money raised and spent by Haden during those final critical days, it is not filed. It is about two months late.
That’s against the law, but we are sure the local District Attorney Fred Weber is way ahead of us. Right?