Tag Archives: City of Austin Ethics Review Commission

Friday, July 16, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Ethics commission dismisses claim of improper fundraising

The Ethics Review Commission has dismissed a complaint alleging that Otto Swingler, a self-described “concerned citizen” who made a GoFundMe page in support of Proposition B, violated campaign finance law.  The commission ruled Wednesday that Swingler, who had intended to…

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Complaint against Harper-Madison ruled out of ethics commission’s jurisdiction

Ethics violations against Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison were found to be outside the purview of the city’s Ethics Review Commission last week, marking the second time in two months the commission has failed to move forward with a complaint…

Monday, June 14, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Settlement leads to dismissal of Ethics Review case against Save Austin Now

The Ethics Review Commission voted last week to dismiss the complaint pursued for eight months against the Save Austin Now nonprofit, after the initial complainant withdrew his charge as part of a settlement agreement he reached with the group. Political…

Thursday, May 20, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics commissioners dismiss complaint against Harper-Madison

An ethics complaint against Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison was automatically dismissed Wednesday, May 12, after the Ethics Review Commission failed to reach a majority six votes on a motion to postpone or a separate motion to dismiss.  The latter…

Friday, May 14, 2021 by Amy Smith

Save Austin Now works ethics commissioners’ last nerve

The nonprofit that launched the successful campaign to recriminalize behavior related to homelessness in the May 1 election has again tried the patience of the Ethics Review Commission, which on Wednesday voted to postpone a final hearing on a complaint…

Friday, April 16, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Ethics commissioners say nonprofit acted in ‘bad faith’

The Ethics Review Commission expressed frustration Wednesday that nonprofit Save Austin Now has not yet brought evidence to refute an ethics complaint filed against it, delaying a final hearing that was set for the meeting. Counsel for the nonprofit said…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Voices of Austin censured for breaking campaign finance laws

The nonprofit Voices of Austin violated city law by campaigning against Proposition A last year, the Ethics Review Commission ruled on March 10. The commission voted to censure the organization, the most severe rebuke at its disposal. Nonprofits are not…

Friday, February 12, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Ethics complaint against Voices of Austin will get final hearing

A complaint that nonprofit Voices of Austin violated city code by campaigning against Proposition A will move to a final hearing, the Ethics Review Commission decided. The preliminary hearing at Wednesday’s meeting was a redo of the first preliminary hearing,…

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Commission hears preview of complaint against Voices of Austin in truncated meeting

An audio problem during last week’s meeting of the Ethics Review Commission cut short what was promising to be a contentious hearing for a complaint against a local nonprofit. Political consultant Mark Littlefield, who also brought a complaint against Save…

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Ethics commissioners request more evidence in complaint against Save Austin Now

Save Austin Now, the nonprofit that is gathering signatures to reinstate the city’s ban on homeless camping, faced an ethics complaint at last week’s Ethics Review Commission meeting. The complaint, brought by political consultant Mark Littlefield, alleges that the organization…

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Commission reprimands PAC that opposed Prop A

The city’s Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously last week to send a letter of reprimand to one of the political action committees that opposed Proposition A on the Nov. 3 ballot. Local Democratic consultant Mark Littlefield filed 12 separate complaints…

Friday, November 20, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Split commission rejects complaint against Garza

The ethics complaint against Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza will not move forward to a final hearing after receiving the thumbs-up from just five members of the city’s Ethics Review Commission. A majority of the commission, or six members, was…

Monday, November 2, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City ethics commission wrestles with access during pandemic

In its previous, pre-pandemic incarnation, the city’s Ethics Review Commission met in a back room of City Hall that was often jammed full of commissioners, accusers, defenders, and occasionally, reporters. But the meetings were open to the public, and once…

Monday, August 24, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics commission discusses transparency in unbroadcast meeting

As Covid-19 has pushed city meetings online, questions about public participation have taken center stage, with community members and commissioners alike struggling with cumbersome web platforms and long waiting times on phone lines. The topic came before the Ethics Review Commission…

Friday, December 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison receives reprimand for campaign finance violations

Six months after midyear campaign finance reports revealed that Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison violated fundraising laws, the Ethics Review Commission voted to send the Council member a letter of admonition. Harper-Madison collected $3,695 in campaign funds between January and March…

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Unconventional Austin campaign finance violation moves to final hearing but could still be withdrawn

November elections have come and gone, but the Ethics Review Commission is still dealing with the ripple effects caused by a purported violation of campaign finance laws. Political consultant Mark Littlefield filed a complaint in late October alleging that Unconventional…

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission may seek ‘more teeth’ in code to curb violations

The city’s Ethics Review Commission may ask City Council to increase the penalties it can levy for violations of city code and to add more teeth to the city’s laws concerning campaign finance. The commission voted 8-0 at last week’s…

Monday, June 24, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Ethics, at a cost

Frank Rodriguez case costs city… After the Ethics Review Commission failed to agree upon a settlement in the case against Frank Rodriguez last May, the case came back before the commission for a final hearing last week. Rodriguez had received…

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission finds Frank Rodriguez in violation of city ethics rules

Justice has been a long time coming in the case concerning Frank Rodriguez’s continued ties to Latino Healthcare Forum, a nonprofit he founded while serving as a senior policy adviser to Mayor Steve Adler. After the Ethics Review Commission chose…

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics commission finds Prop J PAC violated campaign finance laws

After hours of politically caustic testimony, the Ethics Review Commission found at its May 8 meeting that the No on Prop J political action committee had violated city ethics codes by failing to disclose a $10,000 donation in a timely…

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