- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Ethics Commission has determined a Galveston County elected official violated state election laws and must pay a $100 civil penalty.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1x4by6K ) reported Wednesday that the panel found County Commissioner Ken Clark converted political contributions for personal use.

The Texas Ethics Commission also says Clark failed to disclose enough detail on certain political expenditures and violated state law when he hired his daughter to work on his campaign.

Republican Clark, as part of the “voluntary compliance” finding, must pay the civil penalty and agree not to violate state election codes.

Clark says he did nothing wrong and was vindicated.

The chairman of the Galveston County Democratic Party, Lloyd Criss, filed the complaints against Clark and criticized this month’s ruling.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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