By Sean Wardwell
Killeen Daily Herald
After two denied complaints over alleged campaign law violations, the Texas Ethics Commission accepted a complaint from a Killeen City Council candidate stating that Dan Corbin did not include a disclosure statement in online political communications.
The violation, spurred by a complaint filed by Jonathan Okray, was addressed through a letter of voluntary compliance sent by mayoral candidate Corbin to the ethics commission.
"I will use 'Pol ad by Dan Corbin' on all future Facebook entries," wrote Corbin to the commission on Friday in a letter attached to his voluntary compliance statement.
By signing the statement, Corbin acknowledges the election code requires such disclosures and he agrees to comply with the law.
Corbin already has put the required disclosure on his Facebook page posts and encouraged other candidates to do the same.
"When I called (the ethics commission), I was told that disclosure must be in all posts to my Facebook," Corbin wrote on his Facebook wall. "So, all of you other candidates who are not doing this, including Mr. Okray, need to follow my lead so we comply with the law."
Because Corbin signed the disclosure statement, the matter will be closed and he will not face additional penalties, according to the commission.
Okray said he was glad the ethics commission investigated his complaints.
"I'm glad we have these agencies to look into these allegations," he said. "The matter will be adjudicated in its proper place."
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