« Ickes party-man and Ickes 527-man | Main | Common Cause pushes for Massachusetts redistricting commission »

Rep. Frost cleared in campaign finance probe

HoustonChronicle.com reports: U.S. Rep. Martin Frost has been cleared of an allegation that he illegally funneled more than $100,000 in corporate donations to Texas legislative candidates in 2000, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle announced Friday.

Earle cleared Frost, D-Dallas, after investigating a complaint filed by state Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville.

Deuell had raised questions about campaign finance activity carried out by a Frost political committee called the Lone Star Fund. ...

In a letter to Deuell, Earle, a Democrat, said that during the 2000 and 2002 election cycles Frost operated two Lone Star Funds, which shared the same federal employer identification number but maintained separate bank accounts and kept their financial activities separate.

He said he found no evidence after examining bank records and campaign finance reports that the Lone Star Fund-Texas, the only one of the two committees subject to Texas law, had ever been used to deposit or illegally spend corporate or labor union funds on political races. -- U.S. Rep. Frost cleared in campaign fund inquiry (HoustonChronicle.com)