Confusing Mistake in Texas Ethics Commission Email Regarding Reports Due Before Nov 5 Special Election for HD 50

This notice, a reminder regarding potential pre-election reports due in regard to the Nov. 5 special election for House District 50, was posted on the TEC’s website today and emailed around to filers.  It contains a glaring error.

The notice says that both the 30-Day and 8-Day pre-election reports must be filed “even if there was no activity during the reporting period.” However, that is never true for pre-election reports.  30 and 8 Day reports are only required from PACs and candidates who have activity to report related to the election.  See Texas Election Code sections 254.124 (SPACs); 254.154 (GPACs); 254.064 (opposed candidates).

I called the TEC this morning and suggested they issue a correction so that people who are already burdened enough by the minutiae of Texas campaign finance reporting are not put through the unnecessary trouble of either filing unnecessary reports or having to call the TEC themselves to confirm that the email is in error.  I expect they’ll post a correction.