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More questionable spending by politician


last night channel 2 investigates showed you how one County Commissioner was spending tens of thousands of dollars on Amazon groceries luxurious overseas travel and his campaign vehicle a Cadillac Escalade 1700 bucks a month that’s not all we found in this campaign finance reports he’s buying high-priced stocks as well on the stock market and he’s charging plenty of meals to his campaign account investigator Mario Diaz back with another look airline seat upgrades business class travel luxurious stays at the ritz-carlton County Commissioner Rodney Ellis enjoys them all tapping into his campaign fund to pick up the tab if I’m flying on my personal business I’m on fly business class if his international use the dollars that other people gave you to do so yeah Ellis has not even started his twenty twenty re-election campaign have you officially launched no I have not but that’s not stopping him from spending Ellis is busy building up his war chest Google yes Apple yes AT&T yes Boeing yes those are some of the stocks Alice’s campaign is buying up more than 1.5 million dollars in investment purchases using campaign donations if the market tumbles you up to create investor risk of that you take but if Rodney Ellis is sitting here and a company that he has stock in is going before the County Commission here how is that not a conflict of interest I have no concerns mighty conflict of interest rights political science professor Mark Jones says one may arise there is a potential conflict of interest managing a rich war chest appears to work up quite the appetite records show Ellis regularly uses campaign funds instead of his own big account for meals we counted more than 75 occasions between last July and December where Ellis used campaign donations for food and drinks the vast majority listed as meetings including ten purchases at the smoothie king 27 at Phoenicia foods and one meal at Morton’s Steakhouse for nearly eight hundred dollars how does this all strike you all of these don’t pass the smell test based Goggin of the government watchdog Texas Public Interest Research Group raised concerns when examining phalluses report I think this is a chapter in the larger story of lacks enforcement rules that really is problematic for the public’s interest Ellis says it is all legal justified in his mind it’s how he goes about his political business but when it’s time to go I must say it was one hell of a ride and I hope I made a difference along the way following our interview last week Ellis took to his Twitter feed and tweeted this image of his upscale vegan option restaurant with the line Ellis campaign treating once again Ellis says he spends his campaign dollars if he can justify it in his mind more ideas KPRC Channel 2 News

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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