Billy Mitchell likes to air his grievances publicly.
The Aledo rancher has paid for billboards and newspaper ads to highlight his concerns about Gov. Rick Perry and the use of eminent domain in Texas.
The Commission told Mitchell his efforts qualified as political ads and required him to file with the Ethics Commission, the Weekly reported. When Mitchell missed the deadline, he received a letter telling him he owes $1,300.
“I wasn’t aware you had to fill out a form to exercise your freedom of speech,” Mitchell told Weekly reporter Jeff Prince.