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Citizens hire experienced consultant to fight rollback

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Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Citizens Against the Rollback in Ellis County have retained a well-known political consultant in their campaign against the issue.

'They've been working with an individual, yes,' said Delton Ake, administrative assistant to the county judge. 'That would be Tim Reeves out of Dallas.'

Reeves is a political consultant primarily involved in democratic causes. He is reported to be associated with Brian Epstein, a Fort Worth political consultant most notably associated with Representative Jim Pitts' recent campaigns.

C.A.R.E. has filed certain required disclosure forms with the elections office, naming James 'Mike' Lee as treasurer and stating they plan to accept contributions of no more than $500 and make expenditures of no more than $500.

According to Bill Moss of the Ethics Commission in Austin, the group is required to amend the statement if the amount is exceeded.

'They have to file a 30-day pre-election report and an eight-day pre-election report,' Moss said. 'But if they exceed the limit within 30 days of the election, they also have to file within 48 hours of exceeding the limit.'

Moss said the 48-hour deadline applies to the point in time where the committee contracted with the consultant. 'It's commission rule 20.57,' he said. 'The date the amount is readily determinable.'

The Ellis County Press was unable to determine the date on which the commit-Rushing flood waters sweep Palmer resident off road.

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