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Local officials are investigating a complaint that a fundraiser hosted by the Travis County GOP on Friday violated area pandemic orders.


The Ronald Reagan Gala was held at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave and attended by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Reps Dan Crenshaw and Chip Roy.

Tex. Sen. Dawn Buckingham, who represents parts of Travis County, also attended the event as an honoree.

The Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday that North Austin resident Kevin McKay filed a complaint after seeing photos of the event online that showed groups of people gathered and unmasked.

Travis County spokesperson Yoojin Cho confirmed to Austonia that the county is investigating the complaint and coordinating with the city of Bee Cave, which is within the county limits, to determine jurisdiction.

The county recently extended an order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people and requiring every person to wear a mask when in an outdoor public space and unable to social distance. The order authorizes the county sheriff's fire marshal's office to enforce it and allows for fines of up to $1,000

Travis County GOP Chair Matt Mackowiak told the Chronicle that social distancing was enforced at the event and attendees wore masks, except while eating, drinking and taking photos. "If social protests are acceptable, safe events like this should be also," he said in a statement to the paper.

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