Hector Enriquez, a candidate for House District 75, said his accountant's office made a mistake on his latest campaign finance report by listing that his cash-on-hand had dwindled by $12,600.
In his 30-day campaign finance report, Mr. Enriquez had $19,927.82 remaining in the bank. That figure decreased to $7,300 in his 8-day report although Enriquez did not list any campaign expenditures or contributions.
Enriquez said he still has the money and he informed the Ethics Commission today of the $12,628 error.
"The clerk at my CPA's office that does my report was on vacation and when they completed the report it erroneously stated $7,300 but the amount remains the $19,929," Enriquez said.
He did not offer a more detailed explanation of how the error occurred.
Enriquez faces Mary Edna Gonzalez and Antonio "Tony" San Roman in the May 29 Democratic primary election for state House District 75.
Robert E. Jones, executive director for the Austin-based Annie's List, shot back at Enriquez's explanation. Annie's List, a political action committee that raises money for Democratic women candidates, is the primary political donor to Gonzalez.
"It is one thing to lie to this newspaper about his contributions to Rick Perry and another thing entirely to lie on a government affidavit," Jones said. "I am sure that the Public Integrity Unit at the DA's office is going to be very interested in this."