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Garcia, Ramos, miss financial disclosure deadline

By Melissa Crowe
July 26, 2012 at 2:26 a.m.
Updated July 27, 2012 at 2:27 a.m.


Runoff Voting

• Early voting is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, at the county elections office, 111 N. Glass St., and the Bloomington Fire Station, 551 Second St.

• Election Day voting is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 31, at all 35 polling locations in Victoria County.

Both Democratic Party candidates in the Victoria County runoff election missed the state deadline for reporting campaign contributions and expenditures.

The Texas Ethics Commission sets specific dates for filing financial reports. Danny Garcia and Annie Ramos, two candidates seeking a party nomination for Precinct 1 commissioner, missed the July 23 deadline for filing an 8-day report. Additionally, Ramos missed the July 16 semi-annual report deadline.

Both candidates took responsibility for their campaign missing the due date.

Garcia said because he had not collected any new contributions, he did not think he had to file. He filed his 8-day report Thursday.

Ramos said she had the date wrong, was busy with family and church, and was sick Monday when the report was due.

"I'm still working on it because I realized that we did the wrong date," she said. "Everything's piled up on me ... I'm trying to rectify that right now."

The financial report money trail can help voters decide which candidate to support on Election Day.

Garcia said before he got involved as a candidate, he never paid attention to financial reports. Ramos agreed.

According to the reports on record at the County Elections Administration Office Thursday, Garcia and Ramos have spent more than $15,000 to convince voters to support them. That number will likely increase as late reports come in.

Garcia's 8-day report showed a single $819 advertising expense and no new contributions.

"We've been going for seven months on our campaign and we still have a little money left in the fund," Garcia said. "It's just a matter of finishing it out now."

His semi-annual report, received July 13, listed total political contributions for that period at $1,060 and total expenditures at $1,208. His largest contribution for that report was a $400 donation from Richard Flores, of Victoria. His largest expense was for advertising, $423 at Build-a-Sign in Round Rock.

Ramos' most recent report, received May 24 shows total expenditures at $7,458 and contributions of $1,650.

Her largest contribution for that report was an $800 donation from Mark Tamez, of Victoria, while her largest expense was for political signs - $4,550 to Dirk Ruedas, of Austin.

"We're tight on money, I'll have to put some of my money in there," she said.

She said she had no major expenditures or contributions to report.

"The only thing you'll see is I put a little bit of my own money in there," she said.

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