From the Houston Chronk:
‘Ethicists’: City voters are immoral
When Houstonian Ginny Camfield received a letter from the Texas Ethics Advisory Board two weeks ago, it took her a few minutes to figure it out.
The letter began by saying that the Texas Ethics Commission had “launched an official inquiry into the campaign financing activities of Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund” based on a “sworn complaint.”
It enclosed of a copy of a page filed by the Planned Parenthood political action committee with the state Ethics Commission showing Camfield’s contribution of $75.
“If the record is not consistent with your knowledge of the facts or if you have any information relevant to the Texas Election Commission investigation, please send any applicable information to: (in large letters, centered on the page) Texas Ethics Advisory Board, 1016 Elkins Lake, Huntsville, TX 77340-8829.”
It looked quite official — until Camfield focused on a disclaimer in small type at the bottom of the page saying the “Advisory Board” was a general-purpose political committee unaffiliated with the Ethics Commission. And on the enclosures.
One was a two-page presentation of “Arguments Against Abortion.”
Another was headed: “Who is Kathy Hubbard?”
Hubbard is treasurer of the Planned Parenthood PAC. But she has another role:
“Answer: Homosexual Partner of Annise Parker,” the enclosure advised.
It reprinted a couple of pictures, including “Parker with daughter Daniela, life partner Kathy, and daughter Marquitta at her victory party. No males in this picture.”
“Regrettably, voters have chosen her life partner Annise Parker for mayor of Houston, TX.,” the mailing continues. “Voters in so doing endorse both homosexuality AND baby killing.”
It also includes a photo of an aborted baby, and a three-page anti-gay screed.
“The material on abortion was so old,” Camfield said. “But I had to read the letter two or three times to figure out what was going on. They wanted you to think they were an official group.”
I called William Elmer, who signed the letter as a “member, Texas Ethics Advisory Board.”
Elmer turned out to be a jolly old (77) man who expressed delight at my call. The Ethics Advisory PAC is about a year old, he said, but descends from a group of “social conservatives” who have been active for years.
About as ethical as those brown envelopes you get occasionally, marked with designations like: ‘Department of Internal Revue, Bureau of Inquiry.’
Hiding behind the First Amendment, the perpetrators of such things know that they can’t be prosecuted for sending crap through the U.S. Mail that doesn’t actually say its government correspondence but will be presumed by the homeschooled, et. al., to be ‘official.’