KPRC: Alvarado begs municipal employees to help pay legal bills
Councilmember Carol Alvarado has managed to get herself back in the news. Here's the latest from KPRC-2:
Several Houston City Hall employees are upset after receiving fundraising e-mails for City Council member Carol Alvarado, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday.The employees said they got the fundraiser invitations in their work e-mail asking them to donate money to help Alvarado pay her legal expenses.
Alvarado resigned as mayor pro-tem after allegations surfaced that four of her employees received thousands of dollars in improper bonuses. They were later fired and an investigation was launched. Alvarado was not charged in the case.
Alvarado denied any wrongdoing and said she did not mean for the fundraising e-mails to upset anyone.
The e-mails were not illegal because they were not sent out on a city e-mail account or on city time.
The emails may not be illegal, but they do raise questions about how the email addresses were harvested, and email solicitations to municipal employees from a sitting councilmember do raise ethical questions. Surely Councilmember Alvarado could set a better ethical example, especially since she serves as chair of Council's Ethics Committee.
(Thanks to Vernon Guy for sending the KPRC link)