Did Claudia Ordaz Violate Election Law?
As you all know, the State of Texas makes it a crime to knowingly accept a campaign donation from a corporation. Texas Title 15, Chapter 253 prohibits corporations from making contributions to political candidates. The state statue states that violating this prohibition “is a felony of the third degree”.
In reviewing Claudia Ordaz’ campaign disclosure form dated July 14, 2014, I noticed a $50 campaign contribution on June 16, 2014. The campaign contribution was made by Casa De Yoga.
According to the campaign report filed by Claudia Ordaz, Casa De Yoga East is located at 11660 Montwood. The county’s assumed name database (accessed on July 17, 2014) lists Casa De Yoga (20120001404) as having Casa De Yoga, Inc. as its agent. The county shows the business entity’s address as 709 Tayopa, 79932. There were no other Casa De Yoga businesses listed at the county’s assumed name database.
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts list two business entities; Casa De Yoga East, Inc. (32052161786) and Casa De Yoga, Inc. (32047431757) The latter’s address is listed at 709 Tayopa Court, 79932.
It makes sense that a business owner would limit liability be incorporating each location separately. As such, although there is no “East” listed at the county there is one listed as a corporation at the state level, under the same owner; Stephanie Ryan Prieto.
From the information available to me, it seems that Casa De Yoga is a Texas corporation. As such is it appears that Ordaz’ acceptance of the $50 campaign contribution violates the prohibition of corporate donations under the Texas statue.
I expect nothing will come of this information however, at the very least; it is documented for those who care about the equal application of the law.