You know, by now, that the address for the Highland Park Community League reflects its civic commitment. And it has since at least 2004, when one Stephen Rogers was HPCL treasurer, according to documents filed by the group with the Texas Ethics Commission, which regulates campaign finance and political advertising. But beyond appearances, is there anything illegal in a political group listing Town Hall’s digs as its purported headquarters?
That would depend on whether Highland Park officials/employees authorized spending public funds or used town property to distribute political advertising, said TEC spokesman Tim Sorrells. There’s nothing wrong with using Town Hall’s address per se. All that matters is whether public officials were involved.
Sorrells wouldn’t speak directly to the HPCL case or whether, say, having a town employee answer HPCL’s phone calls constituted an expenditure of public funds. That would be up to judgment of the TEC commissioner if a complaint were filed and an investigation launched.