Texas Democrats: King Street Patriots ‘clearly in violation of the law’
King Street Patriots’ financial disclosures show the Houston tea party spinoff “is clearly in violation of the law,” said Texas Democratic Party general counsel Chad Dunn, saying TDP will continue to pursue legal action against KSP.
“It strains belief that this group is saying they raised $87,000 by passing the hat at their meetings,” Dunn said in a statement issued Wednesday.
Earlier, Kelly Shackleford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute, KSP’s legal counsel, characterized the donation total as insignificant, and the legal action by TDP as frivolous. Democrats added KSP and its KSP/True the Vote initiative to an ongoing suit against the Green Party of Texas, with the intent of revealing donors’ identities.
“As anyone can see, there has only been $87,000 in donations over the group’s entire existence. This shows what a joke of a lawsuit this is,” Shackleford said.
In a letter from Dunn to Liberty attorney Hiram Sasser, Dunn says KSP’s disclosures were “woefully inadequate when compared to generally accepted accounting principles.”
However an injunction hearing scheduled for Thursday will not take place, Dunn said, adding that TDP will try to obtain the desired information through the course of the lawsuit.
“[W]e will proceed with legal action to ensure the King Street Patriots and all those who acted in concert with them, including Republican candidates, oppressive ‘poll watchers,’ and all their donors are held responsible for their actions,” Dunn said in the statement.
KSP leaders vigorously deny alleged links between their organization and poll watchers accused of intimidating voters at Harris County polls, allegations being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Here is the complete TDP statement:
TDP STATEMENT ON KING STREET PUBLIC RECORDS DISCLOSURE
Below is a statement from Texas Democratic Party General Counsel Chad Dunn regarding the King Street Patriots’ books and records:
“We have examined the financial records disclosed by the King Street Patriots and have found there to be sufficient information to determine the group is clearly in violation of the law. It strains belief that this group is saying they raised $87,000 by passing the hat at their meetings.
“Because of this, the injunction hearing scheduled for Thursday will not be necessary and instead, we will proceed with legal action to ensure the King Street Patriots and all those who acted in concert with them, including Republican candidates, oppressive “poll watchers,” and all their donors are held responsible for their actions.”
(Image: Flickr Creative Commons/jetheriot; From “HANDS: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources” by Jim Harter)