Hudgens discloses $100K loan to campaign, admits oversight
Sen. Ralph Hudgens says he loaned his campaign the money to pay for two weeks of TV ads but neglected to file the necessary last-minute reports that would show the source of the money.
The State Ethics Commission was asked Tuesday to investigate Hudgens, a candidate for state insurance commissioner, for allegedly buying $334,000 of advertising without saying how he paid for it. Hudgens’ campaign closed the June 30 reporting period with $254,000 cash on hand, so complainant Eliot Rosenberg wanted to know where the money came from.
In a telephone interview, Hudgens said today that he got confused about state law and thought he not was required to file another campaign disclosure until shortly before the July 20 primary. He said he has realized his mistake and faxed and mailed three new “48-hour” disclosures, which include a $100,000 personal loan and a few other checks from donors, to the State Ethics Commission.
“I made a mistake, just like these other people have made mistakes,” he said, referring to his opponents.
Hudgens said he has refrained so far from filing ethics complaints against other candidates for insurance commissioner.
“I want to honor Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment of ‘Speak no ill of your Republican brothers,'” he said.
But it sure sounded like his patience is wearing thin.