Ethics complaint filed against District 8 candidate Robert Cormell


An ethics complaint has been filed with the El Paso City Clerk’s office Thursday afternoon against District 8 candidate Robert Cormell, just two days before the election.

Noel Rosenbaum filed the complaint Thursday alleging that Cormell’s 8-day Campaign Finance Report is incomplete. A copy of the report available for public viewing on the City’s website confirms that several campaign contributions were made by people whose first name and address are not listed on the report.

Texas State Election Code requires itemized documentation on contributions of more than $50. Rosenbaum alleges that Cormell, who previously ran for Mayor in 2013, should know better.

“Why didn’t you get all this material,” Rosenbaum asks. “Why are you keeping your people who are supporting you secret or was that your intent in the first place?”

Cormell’s 30-day Campaign Finance Report shows contributions from individuals with the same last names listed in the 8-day report and appears to be correctly filed. In that report, all of the people whose names match the ones listed in the 8-day report are contributors from out of town.  

Late Thursday afternoon, NewsChannel 9 reached out to Cormell who says the mistake was an oversight. According to Cormell, the report was filed by his campaign treasurer.

“Ultimately he’s the one who did it but I’m the captain of the ship so it falls back on me”, says Cormell.

Cormell believes people will make their own decision but says people will judge you for what you’ve done in the past, not by one error.

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