M.L. (AKA “Meca”) Walker’s campaign says it has returned $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions but has kept $25,000 given under very suspicious circumstances. Click here to read last week’s story about how Walker accepted $45,000 in contributions on one day from nine people associated with a rich car dealer with a divorce in Walker’s court. Once I pointed out to Walker that some of those contributions exceeded the $5,000 per person (or married couple) contribution limit, Walker checked with the Texas Ethics Commission. Once the Commission confirmed that the law actually says what it says, Walker claims she returned $20,000 of the contributions.
Click here to read the Houston Chronicle story that went way too easy on Walker, who should have never accepted any of those contributions in the first place.
If my teenager comes home from school with an expensive gold Rolex watch, I am going to ask where he got it from. If the kid tells me some dude he doesn’t know sold it to him for $10 and no questions were asked, I am going to sit the boy down and have a talk about ethics and making moral decisions. I would probably tell the boy something like this:You are smart enough to know when something just does not seem right and you can’t escape doing the right thing by not asking questions. In fact, I really do not believe you did not ask where the watch came from or why it was for sale for just $10. A stolen watch is still stolen even if you pretend you were not suspicious and did not ask the right questions. If something does not seem right, I expect you to walk away and make the moral choice and not play dumb.