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Flannigan files finance report
Monday, July 22, 2019 by Jo Clifton
District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan was traveling in China last week, so it was not very surprising that he filed his most recent campaign finance report on Friday, four days after it was due in the city clerk’s office. The report showed no political contributions during the first six months of 2019 – but that would be illegal, as Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison learned after filing a report showing 10 donations after January 1. (Travis County Republican Party Chair Matt Mackowiak has since filed an ethics complaint with the city complaining about Harper-Madison’s collection of contributions outside the allowed time period.) Flannigan reported spending $1671.13, which came from money he has loaned the campaign. Flannigan told the Austin Monitor via text: “I loaned my campaign money for Facebook ads and for my campaign website which I have maintained. It’s the same two categories of expenses I have had on all of my non-campaign season reports.”