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Houston/San Antonio legislators misappropriating state funds – tax avoidance

 
Below are the names of 26 Texas state legislators from the Houston/San Antonio areas that have received per diem payments from the State that were intended to defray the lodging costs they incurred while attending legislative sessions in Austin.
 
The legislature is in session in odd-numbered years for 140 days unless a special 30 days session is called. Put simply, the meet every two years. The facts set forth in the text boxes below demonstrate that these legislators personally pocketed per diem payments when in fact 100% of their lodging expenses during sessions in Austin were paid with funds contributed to their respective campaigns.
 
 
The columns in the text boxes below are defined as follows:
  • Rent + Water = total lodging/water costs + monthly payments made by campaign
  • Utilities/Misc. = electric, cable, gas, maid services, food/supplies, telephone costs
  • Per Diem = amount paid to legislator (200-2007 are estimates)
  • Amt. Owed = represents amount campaign paid for lodging expenses during sessions in Austin that the legislator pocketed when it lawfully should have been paid to campaign
Tax avoidance re: lodging costs paid by campaign
 
 
During even numbered years when the legislature was not in session, the 26 legislators named below continued to use campaign funds to pay 100% of lodging costs in Austin. Rather than drone on about this matter, I would invite you to review the facts set forth in a letter sent to IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman, which can be found at the URL listed be the article title below.

 

Letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman re: TX legislators as possible tax scofflaws
 
No. 1 – Ellis, Rodney – 13th Sen. – Houston = $100,948
No. 2 – Patrick, Dan – 7th Senate – Houston = $10,441
No. 3 – Wentworth, Jeffrey – 25th Senate – San Antonio = $10,933
No. 4Williams, Tommy – 4th Senate – San Antonio = $38,643
No. 5Uresti, Carlos – 19th Senate – San Antonio = $31,713
No. 6Van De Putte, Leticia – 26th Senate – San Antonio = $69,702
No. 7Bohac, Dwayne – 138th Rep. – Houston = $41,177
No. 8Coleman, Garnet – 147th Rep. – Houston = $60,041
No. 9Dutton, Harold Jr. – 142nd Rep. – Houston = $29,192
No. 10Edwards, Al – 146th Rep. – Houston = $2,913
No. 11Eiland, Craig – Rep. – Galveston = $31,807
No. 12Elkins, Gary – 135th Rep. – Houston = $26,508
No. 13Farrar, Jessica – 148th Rep. Houston = $35,642
No. 14Fletcher, Allen – 130th Rep. – Houston = $9,189
No. 15Gutierrez, Rolando – 119th Rep. – San Antonio = $14,799
No. 16Hernandez, Ana Elizabeth – 143rd Rep. – Houston = $15,290
No. 17Leibowitz, David – 117th Rep. – San Antonio = $8,984
No. 18Legler, Ken – Rep. – Houston = $8,768
No. 19Martinez-Fischer, Ferdinand – 116th Rep. – San Antonio = $11,175
No. 20McClendon, Ruth – 120th Rep – San Antonio = $71,881
No. 21Menendez, Jose – 124th Rep. – San Antonio = $70,803
No. 22Miller, Douglas – 73rd Rep. – New Braunfels = $15,856
No. 23Smith, Richard Wayne – 128th Rep. – Baytown = $35,138
No. 24Turner, Sylvester – 96th Rep. – Houston = $39,617
No. 25Walle, Armando – 140th Rep. – Houston = $9,689
$800,789 = Total amount of Per Diem owed to campaigns

 

 

Text Box 1 - Ellis, Rodney – 13th Sen. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$15,018=6
$2,245
$17,263
None
$ 2,520
$2,520
2009
$  8,585=4
$6,506
$15,091
140
$24,806
$15,091
2008
$14,206=6
$2,875
$17,081
None
$ 1,529
$1,529
2007
$  1,979
$3,693
$ 5,672
140
 $21,400
$5,672
2006
$33,600 =12
Unknown
$33,600
None
Unknown
 
2005
$27,000 = 9
$1,917
$28,917
200
$25,600
$25,600
2004
$20,400 =12
Unknown
$20,400
30/60
$7,860
$7,860
2003
$29,888 = 5
$1,666
$31,554
230
$28,750
$15,400
2002
$30,440=12
Unknown
$30,440
None
Unknown
 
2001
$11,910=7
$2,016 
$14,176
140
$17,360
$14,176
2000
$21,120=12
$3,026
$24,146
None
Unknown
 
 
$211,538
$29,107
$240,465
 
 $129,565
$100,948
 
Text Box 2 - Patrick, Dan – 7th Senate – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$8,320
$2,121
$10,441
141
$23,856
$10,441
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box 3 - Wentworth, Jeffrey – 25th Senate – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$5,099=8
$1,489
$6,588
140
$24,134
$6,588
2007
$3,038=6
$1,307
$4,345
140
$21,140
$4,345
 
$8,137
$2,796
$10,933
 
$45,274
$10,933
 
Text Box 4 - Williams, Tommy – 4th Senate – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$9,654=4
None
$9,654
 
$4,872
$4,872
2009
$12,500=10
$1,968
$14,468
140
$23,856
$14,468
2008
$15,000=12
$   400
$15,400
None
$7,645
$7,645
2007
$ 6,210= 6
$   666
$ 6,876
140
$21,140
$6,876
 
$33,710
$3,034
$36,744
 
$57,513
$33,861

 

Text Box 5 - Uresti, Carlos – 19th Senate – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Cable
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$10,876=5
$2,971
$13,847
141
$23,856
$13,412
2007
$ 8,125=5
$   428
$ 8,553
140
$21,140
$ 8,553
2005
$ 2,934=4
$2,348
$ 5,282
200
$25,600
$ 5,282
2003
$ 2,309=3
$1,712
$ 4,021
230
$28,750
$ 4,021
 
$29,244
$7,459
$31,703
 
$99,346
$31,268
 
Text Box 6 - Van De Putte, Leticia – 26th Senate – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$10,000= 6
$911
$10,911
None
$1,008
$1,088
2009
$22,995=12
$2,575
$25,570
141
$23,676
$23,676
2008
$ 9,335= 4
$242
$ 9,577
None
$3,197
$3,197
2007
$14,450= 9
$1,205
$15,665
140
$21,140
$15,665
2006
$15,794=10
$2,922
$18,716
None
Unknown
 
2005
$16,332=12
$1,635
$17,967
200
$25,600
$17,967
2004
$15,110=10
$2,087
$17,197
30/60
$7,860
 $7,860
2003
$11,500=11
$2,800
$14,300
230
$28,750
$14,300
 
$115,516
$14,377
$129,893
 $111,231
$99,346
$69,702

 

Text Box 7 - Bohac, Dwayne – 138th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$849
None
$849
None
$6,510
$     849
2009
$ 6,360=5
None
$ 6,350
141
$23,856
$ 6,519
2008
$1,805
None
$1,805
None
$10,323
$ 1,805
2007
$11,605=11
None
$11,605
140
$21,140
$11,605
2006
$ 4,185=4
None
$ 4,185
None
Unknown
 
2005
$ 5,752=6
$2,160
$ 7,912
200
$25,600
$7,912
2004
$ 6,672=6
$222
$ 6,894
30/60
$7,860
$7,860
2003
$ 4,919=6
$843
$ 5,762
230
$28,750
$5,672
 
$39,493
$3,225
$42,718
 
$124,039
$42,222
 
Text Box 8 - Coleman, Garnet – 147th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Mos.
Rent
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$ 9,500=5
$1,810
$11,310
None
$6,314
$6,314
2009
$20,557=6
$4,019
$24,576
141
$24,528
$24,528
2008
$17,238=12
$3,100
$20,338
None
$ 9,063
$9,063
2007
$12,773=6
$7,363
$20,136
140
$21,140
$20,136
 
$60,068
$16,292
$76,360
 
$65,597
$60,041

 

Text Box 9 - Dutton, Harold Jr. – 142nd Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$12,195=9
$1,134
$13,329
140
$23,856
$13,329
2007
$ 6,882=6
$1,675
$ 8,557
140
$21,140
$8,557
2005
$ 6,810=6
$   496
$ 7,306
200
$25,600
$7,306
 
$25,887
$3,305
$29,192
 
$70,596
$29,192
 
Text Box 10 - Edwards, Al – 146th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$2,913
None
$2,913
141
$23,856
$2,913
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Text Box 11 - Eiland, Craig – Rep. – Galveston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt. Owed
2010
$ 9,000=5
$2,170
$11,170
None
$4,092
$4,092
2009
$13,522=12
$4,187
$17,709
141
$23,856
$17,709
2007
$ 9,372=6
$634
$10,006
140
$21,140
$10,006
 
$31,894
$6,991
$38,885
 
$49,088
$31,807

 

Text Box 12 - Elkins, Gary – 135th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$3,583=6
None
$3,583
None
$1,824
$1,824
2009
$6,874=12
None
$6,874
141
$23,856
$6,874
2008
$6,597=12
None
$6,597
None
$4,367
$4,367
2007
$6,434=12
None
$6,434
140
$21,140
$6,534
2006
$6,383=12
None
$6,383
None
Unknown
 
2005
$7,009=12
None
$7,009
200
$25,600
$7,009
 
$36,880
 
$36,880
 
$76,787
$26,508
 
Text Box 13 - Farrar, Jessica – 148th Rep. Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$3,911=9
None
$3,911
141
$23,856
$3,911
2008
$2,995=7
None
$2,995
None
$21,902
$2,995
2007
$2,460=6
$2,369
$4,829
140
$21,140
$4,829
2006
$4,130=10
$   315
$4,445
None
Unknown
 
2005
$4,420=11
$1,682
$6,102
200
$25,600
$6,102
2004
$3,555=9
$1,719
$5,274
30/60
$7,860
$5,724 
2003
$4,480=8
$   779
$5,259
230
$28,750
$5,259
2002
$7,220=10
$   602
$7,822
None
Unknown
 
2001
$7,500=12
$1,216
$8,616
140
$17,360
$8,616
2000
$5,750=9
None
$5,759
None
Unknown
 
 
$46,421
$8,682
$55,103
 
$142,538
$35,642

 

Text Box 14 - Fletcher, Allen – 130th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$8,321=7
$868
$9,189
140
$23,856
$9,189
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box 15 - Gutierrez, Rolando – 119th Rep. – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$11,400=6
$3,379
$14,779
140
$23,856
$14,779
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Text Box 16 - Hernandez, Ana Elizabeth – 143rd Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$7,200=6
$2,090
$9,290
141
$23,856
$9,290
2007
$6,000=6
None
$6,000
140
$21,140
$6,000
 
$13,200
$2,090
$15,290
 
$44,996
$15,290

 

Text Box 17 - Leibowitz, David – 117th Rep. – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$7,242=6
$1,742
$8,984
141
$23,856
$8,984
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box 18 - Legler, Ken – Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$7,965=6
$713
$8,678
141
$23,856
$8,678
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box 19 - Martinez-Fischer, Ferdinand – 116th Rep. – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Cable
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$10,500=5
$675
$11,175
140
$23,856
$11,175
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Text Box 20 - McClendon, Ruth – 120th Rep – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$12,570 =   6
$   121
$12,691
170
$23,856
$12,691
2008
$25,140 = 12
None
$25,140
None
$19,232
$19,232
2007
$22,845 = 11
None
$22,845
140
$21,140
$21,140
2006
$11,235 =   7
$   175
$11,410
None
Unknown
 
2005
$12,000 = 10
$1,183
$13,183
200
$25,600
$ 13,183
2004
$13,200 = 11
$1,200
$14,400
30/60
$7,860
$7,860 
 
$96,990
$2,679
$99,669
 
$103,526
$74,106
 
Text Box 21 - Menendez, Jose – 124th Rep. – San Antonio
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$17,541=10
$8,447
$25,988
141
$23,856
$23,856
2007
$ 9,166=6
$6,713
$15,879
140
$21,140
$15,879
2005
$ 7,671=7
$2,462
$10,133
200
$25,600
$10,133
2003
$ 9,634=8
$4,753
$14,387
230
$28,750
$14,387
 
$44,012
$22,375
$66,387
 
$99,346
$64,255

 

Text Box 22 - Miller, Douglas – 73rd Rep. – New Braunfels
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$11,865=7
$3,991
$15,856
140
$23,856
$15,856
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box 23 - Smith, Richard Wayne – 128th Rep. – Baytown
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$4,994=7
$   836
$5,830
None
$4,488
$4,488
2009
$8,086=11
$1,523
$9,609
141
$23,856
$9,609
2008
$8,109=12
$1,543
$9,652
None
$6,643
$6,643
2007
$7,784=12
$1,428
$9,212
140
$21,140
$9,212
2006
$5,186=10
None
$5,186
None
Unknown
 
 
$34,159
$5,330
$39,489
 
$44,996
$29,952

 

Text Box 24 - Turner, Sylvester – 96th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$ 9,043=5
$1,522
$10,565
141
$23,856
$10,565
2007
$10,200=5
$1,667
$11,867
140
$21,140
$11,867
2005
$ 2,521=2
None
$ 2,521
200
$25,600
$ 2,521
2003
$12,284=7
None
$12,284
230
$28,750
$12,284
2001
$ 2,380=4
$   200
$ 2,580
140
$17,360
$ 2,380
 
$36,428
$3,389
$39,817
 
$116,706
$39,617
 
Text Box 25 - Walle, Armando – 140th Rep. – Houston
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$8,941=6
$748
$9,689
141
$23,856
$9,689
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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