County Judge Ruben Becerra fined for third campaign finance violation – Corridor News

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Christopher Green | Staff reporter

HAYS COUNTY — Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra was fined $500 for his third campaign finance violation since 2016.

The Texas Ethics Commission met on December 8, 2021 to consider a complaint filed that Becerra failed to report campaign finances within the time limit set by Second. 254.063. of Texas Title 15, election code regulating political funds and campaign finance.

In a resolution passed by the Texas Ethics Commission, it states, “The Complaint alleged that the Defendant failed to timely file the July 2020 and January 2021 semi-annual reports. Although not alleged in the complaint, the commission also considered whether the respondent filed the July 2021 semi-annual report in a timely manner.”

It is also stated in the resolution: “The Complaint alleged that the Respondent failed to file the July 2020 Semi-Annual Report, which was due by July 15, 2020, and the January Semi-Annual Report, which was due by July 15, 2020. January 15, 2021.”

Becerra acknowledged that the reports were filed late. Becerra’s wife, who prepares the reports, provided an additional statement explaining why the reports were late.

Becerra’s wife, Monica Becerra, says: ‘Regarding the report due July 15, 2020, I don’t understand what happened to it, or why it was never delivered. I asked the notary to see his register and there was an entry on 7/15/2020 for a campaign finance report. I remember several candidates and office holders compiling the returns for one person to file at the elections office. All the others did, but not Ruben’s. At the moment I can’t say exactly why this happened, maybe it’s because I found an error that I needed to fix, but I’m not sure at the moment.

Becerra’s wife claimed she had a broken foot at the time the January 15, 2021 report was due and that Becerra, herself and their two adult sons had tested positive for COVID-19.

The resolution concluded by stating, “After considering the nature, circumstances and consequences of the violations described in Section III, and after considering the Respondent’s prior violations for late campaign finance reports and the sanction necessary to deter future violations, the Commission imposes a civil penalty of $500. sadness.”

Becerra’s previous campaign violations include when he failed to timely file the 30-day pre-election report for the November 2018 general election and the January 2019 semi-annual report.

In response to the complaint, the respondent swore that the reports were filed late because he did not have all the required information when the reports were due. Becerra was fined $500 civilly for the violations.

In September 2017, the Texas Ethics Commission convened to review a complaint that Becerra failed to properly disclose political contributions and political expenses in the 30-Day and 8-Day Pre-Election Campaign Finance Reports and n did not include a political advertising disclosure statement about political advertising. .

“The complaint alleged that the respondent failed to properly disclose in its 30- and 8-day pre-election reports for the November 2016 election the political contributions accepted and the political expenditures incurred during the reporting periods,” the commission said. Ethics of Texas in its report. .

Becerra was fined $500 civilly for this violation. In total, Becerra received $1,500 in fines from the Texas Ethics Commission which found he violated the election code.

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra announced he would seek a second term in 2022.

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