Fine for Dry Cleaning

State Sen. Mike Jackson took his campaign contributors to the cleaners, almost literally.

In a July 2 order, the Texas Ethics Commission penalized Jackson, R-La Porte, for spending $236.51 in campaign money to pay for dry cleaning in Austin.

Jackson reported the expenditures voluntarily on his January 2006, July 2006 and July 2007 campaign finance reports.

Texas campaign finance rules allow elected officials to spend campaign money on some living expenses, such as rent and utilities, while in Austin. Jackson said he mistakenly thought the dry cleaning was an allowable expense.

“I will not do that anymore,” he said, adding that campaign finance rules can be confusing.

The Galveston County Daily News has the article.

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