Killeen City Council District 2 candidate Larry Smith said Monday he filed a formal complaint with the state alleging his opponent, Debbie Nash-King, violated ethics laws governing political contributions.

According to Smith’s complaint filed with the Texas Ethics Commission and sent to the Herald by his campaign treasurer Melissa Brown, Nash-King accepted monetary and in-kind contributions from a local union, accepted a contribution from a person not registered as an agent of her campaign and did not follow proper procedure in returning a contribution from former Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin.

“I did nothing wrong,” Nash-King said in an email Monday evening. “I have no problem with TEC looking into (my campaign).”

The commission does not comment on the status of ethics investigations, a spokesman said.

In Nash-King’s campaign finance disclosure forms submitted to the city April 6, her campaign reported $1,675 in total political contributions including a $1,000 donation from the Killeen Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and $500 from Corbin.

According to Smith, the firefighters’ organization, a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, is listed as a union on its umbrella group’s website and hasn’t registered as a general-purpose political committee with the state.

Smith also said the organization provided in-kind contributions of T-shirts to Nash-King’s campaign, which were unlisted in her disclosure forms.

The association’s website lists the Killeen organization as an “affiliate” of the national union, which calls itself “one of the most active lobbying groups in Washington, D.C.”

Smith said packets given to council candidates by the city explicitly forbid contributions from union groups.

Killeen Director of Public Information Hilary Shine said Monday the city does not have its own ethics code, but follows the Texas Election Code.

The Killeen firefighters’ organization has endorsed Nash-King, District 3 incumbent Jim Kilpatrick, District 4 incumbent Brockley Moore and District 1 candidate Kenny Wells, according to posts on its public Facebook page.

Nash-King said April 6 she returned a contribution given to her campaign from Corbin after a March 19 report in the Herald tied Corbin’s past campaign contributions to local developer Bruce Whitis and two sitting councilmen — Kilpatrick and Juan Rivera — who fought to kill a $394,000 management audit of the city’s finances that was approved March 14.

“I don’t know Mr. Corbin personally, but any money that was given to me was based on his professional relationship with my late husband,” Nash-King said.

Nash-King said the contribution was given to her husband, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Elijah King, before he died March 12, and then given to her campaign treasurer. Nash-King said her treasurer gave the money back to avoid public backlash from accepting the contribution.

Smith alleged that returned contributions must be listed as political expenditures on contribution disclosure forms. Nash-King’s form did not list the returned contribution under political expenditures.

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eyewatchingu
eyewatchingu

What gets me, is everyone crying about Nash-King getting a little money and yet not one person points out the fact that the democrats gave Fleming Quoting from KDH Article “The most significant amount of money came from the Bell County Texas Democratic Women, who donated $500 on March 20. Jack Ralston contributed $250 to her campaign, as did Louie Minor Jr., a Bell County resident who has served as an election judge and run as a Democrat for Congress.”
So please explain to all of us, how is that different? If Democrats can give money then so can republicans. If a Judge and others can give money to Fleming, then why not call it out as well.
So, if they file on Nash-King, well then maybe someone should file on Fleming as well. Democrats buy votes just as much as the republicans do, so they can get their way as well.
So, if we call out one, then let’s call out both. I guess it’s time to file an ethics report on Fleming as well. She has many violations. Seems none of them read their candidate book except one and she read right from it when KDHnew held their forum. Teel read the PIA, she also Enlighted Betsy that in the front of the book it states you get 1 hour of video training on how to be a council person. Its located on the Texas ethics web page.

TexaSoldier

The thing of it is that Debbie was calling Smith a liar last week when asked about it; when in fact everything Smith said has come true.

"Nash-King said the contribution was given to her husband, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Elijah King, before he died March 12, and then given to her campaign treasurer."
In an article last week, Debbie said the contribution from Corbin was given to her campaign manager and, now, she is saying it was given to her deceased husband - both cannot be true - and certainly not a trivial point. Is this how she would conduct business on the city council? The magic eight-ball of truth says: Most assuredly so.

“I don’t know Mr. Corbin personally"... At this point, why would anyone expect this to be true?

It is also very clear that unions cannot give contributions to candidates, something that also happened with Debbie. That has more to do with the Firefighters union (a group that recently had their second member accused of misappropriating funds) rather than the candidates but is it a coincident that the candidates they contributed to support the developers? Unlikely coincidence?
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dale1

Copy: This is comments of Alvin.
This is the personal opinion of this writer.
This sounds like a repeat of the time when Corbin was running against an appointment and the mail boxes were stuffed with a mailing, that, as I remember, was not even post marked, with derogatory comments of the person who was running against him.
If I am not mistaken, isn't this a former person who has been associated with this city government structure in the past????
This newspaper has once again tied to what I consider to be a massive campaign to 'load this city government with Good Old Boys' that will place into political position of power what the personage of a Mr. Whitis and associates want to be reflected in this town.
Copy: 'Nash-King said April 6 she returned a contribution given to her campaign from Corbin after a March 19 report in the Herald tied Corbin’s past campaign contributions to local developer Bruce Whitis and two sitting councilmen — Kilpatrick and Juan Rivera — who fought to kill a $394,000 management audit of the city’s finances that was approved March 14.' End of copy.
Too late, in my opinion, 'the dastardly deed has already been done'. See previous comment'.
What is the 'Fireman's Association' need for submittal of money to a campaign anyway???? In my opinion, that should be 'against everything that is thought to be of good conscience'. This act, in my opinion, along with the candidacy of those of councilmen Kilpatrick and Juan Rivera, known for their fight against the $394,000 management audit, and the on going patronage of the 110 unit housing development which was recently approved by this council, which is in the name of a Mr. Whitis.
Is this what we want of our city governmental staff and our 'city officials' or do we want to ;put into places of power, 'the ones who will do the best for our city'????
It is up to you you, the voting public, to either get out there and vote for the candidate of your choice or sit back on your laurels and do nothing.
One of the few who voted.

VetA42

Once again Alvin addresses the truth about our City and it's bought Mayor's and Council-members. This has been on going for so many years and almost is natural just as it happens in Washington D.C.
These potential leaders of Killeen are those individuals that will approve the Killeen 2 protect while Killeen established will pay for the infrastructure while the developers reap unearned money supposed to be utilized for the current Killeen infrastructure .
Be aware Citizen We have been blindsided with all the closed door committees that approve spending Our Tax dollars on projects that do nothing to improve Killeen!!!
Just saying

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