Clay Dafoe, the third-place finisher in the 2012 mayoral election, has retained Austin attorney Bill Aleshire of Riggs Aleshire and Ray PC in a legal action against Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, according to The Austin Bulldog.
“Our law firm has been retained by Clay Dafoe to hold Lee Leffingwell accountable for violating the state campaign finance laws in the mayoral campaign of 2012,” Aleshire reportedly told the investigative reporting media outlet.
The Austin Bulldog (www.theaustinbulldog.org) reported of March 5 that a total of more than $72,000 in campaign funds were not properly accounted for in Leffingwell’s mayoral campaigns of 2009 and 2012.
Dafoe’s lawsuit is authorized by Election Code Section 254.231 and is “based on the defendant’s failure to timely report—by deadlines established by the Election Code—the contributions or expenditures that were required to be reported.
“The Election Code states that those opposing candidates may collect damages of twice the amount or contributions or expenditures that are required to be reported and were not reported, plus reasonable attorney’s fees. The Election Code also provides for reasonable attorney’s fees in the suit to be awarded to the defendant if judgment is rendered in the defendant’s favor.”
The outlet also suggested that former city council member Brigid Shea, “who ran a strong campaign for mayor in 2012, also has grounds to sue Leffingwell over the mayor’s campaign finance reporting in that campaign.”
Aleshire should be very familiar with Austin’s political scene given that he has lived here most of his life. He received his undergraduate (1971) and law degree (2001) from the University of Texas at Austin. Aleshire was also former Travis County Tax Collector (1980-1985) and a Travis County Judge (1987-1998).