Ethics complaints filed against Senate District 24 candidate Tom Lee

By on August 8, 2012

Two Carrollwood residents have filed an ethics complaint against Tom Lee, a state Senate candidate from east Hillsborough County, alleging Lee omitted assets from his personal financial disclosure form.

Lee said the complaint is wrong, insisting he reported all his assets properly on the form and that the complaint looks like “retaliation” against him by supporters of his opponent in the District 24 state Senate primary, Rachel Burgin.

lizabeth Morowati, one of the two who filed the complaint, said she and a friend she wouldn’t identify filed it partly because, “We want the people to have a voice. We don’t want the politicians to tell us who our candidates are going to be. I’m very angry with Republicans trying to shove (candidates) down our throats.

“It’s more from principle, not to disparage anybody,” Morowati said.

The complaint alleges that Lee didn’t report an interest in a limited liability company, BTL Ventures, and that he didn’t report ownership of several parcels of land.

Lee said he didn’t report BTL because he doesn’t own any part of the company and it paid him no income during the year, even though he’s listed on corporate papers as its manager.

He said the company produced no income because its only asset is a piece of land being held for development.

He said the parcels of land that appear not to be reported are in fact all part of his homestead. He said he doesn’t report his homestead by its address because his wife is a prosecutor entitled by law to keep her home address out of public records.

“If they had called me, I’d have been glad to explain it all,” he said.

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