SAN ANTONIO — When Rick Range announced his bid for Texas land commissioner at the Alamo this month, a member of George P. Bush’s General Land Office was on hand to videotape the event.
Range filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission last week, alleging improper use of GLO staff and resources.
“It’s a no-brainer. It has to be illegal to do political activity on the public dime,” said Range, a historian and activist from North Texas.
Bush spokeswoman Brittany Eck said the GLO staffer “was at the Alamo taking panoramic photos of the Alamo, Long Barrack, Plaza and street for an interactive [ video ] showing the battlefield of 1836 versus 2017. GLO staff are at the Alamo frequently because the agency manages it.”
She referred additional questions to the Bush re-election campaign, which did not respond to The Texas Monitor’s inquiries by deadline.
Range’s complaint cites Chapter 572 of the state Government Code, which prohibits state officers and employees from engaging in business transactions or professional activities that substantially conflict with their official duties.
Accompanying the GLO videographer on Nov. 1 were staff members of the non-profit Alamo Endowment, a fund-raising group chaired by Bush.
The first-term land commissioner has come under heavy fire from Range and Alamo preservation groups for his $450 million plan to “Reimagine” the Alamo.
Davey Edwards also has announced his intention to run against Bush in the Republican primary next March.