Two of San Antonio’s longest serving state lawmakers confirm - they failed to report a combined $60,000 in campaign donations. Senators Carlos Uresti and Jose Menendez have vowed to correct their mistakes.
The undisclosed campaign contributions were first reported by the Texas Tribune. It found that Sen. Menendez’s campaign accepted two donations of $25,000 in 2015 that weren’t reported.
They reportedly came from the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and Texans for Lawsuit Reform, two political action committees with opposing legislative agendas.
“Well I think it’s just goes to show that obviously I’m somebody that people on opposite sides of a political view can work with and I’m that they feel they can support," Menendez says.
Menendez says his office has amended their campaign finance reports.
“This is a simple oversight that has occurred that we have taken steps implementing safeguards to ensure that doesn’t happen again in the future," he says.
The San Antonio Democrat could face civil and criminal fines for failing to disclose the donations. Menendez says he is willing to accept any penalties the Texas Ethics Commission may decide.
The Tribune also reported state Sen. Carlos Uresti failed to report nearly $10-thousand dollars in in-kind donations from the Texas Trial Lawyers Association in 2016. Uresti says he has since amended his campaign finance report to reflect the missing contribution.