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Dallas area legislators misappropriating state funds – tax avoidance - Part 1

 
Below are the names of 24Texas state legislators from the Dallas area 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. To view the other 25, go to the URL listed below.
 
The legislature is in session in odd-numbered years for 140 days unless a special 30 day session is called. Put simply, they meet every two years. The facts set forth in the text boxes below demonstrate that these legislators personally pocketed per diem payments of at least $870,340 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:
 
Ø      Rent + Water = total lodging/water costs + monthly payments made by campaign
Ø      Utilities/Misc. = electric, cable, gas, maid services, food/supplies, telephone costs
Ø      Per Diem = amount paid to legislator (200-2007 are estimates)
Ø      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
 
Bottom line here is that the “Amt. Owed” is the amount directly paid to the legislator by the State Controller’s Office that did not represent any out-of-pockets costs for lodging by said officeholder.
  
No. 1 – Anchia, Rafael – 103rd Rep. – Dallas = $12,145
No. 2 – Berman, Leo – 6th Rep. – Tyler = $6,963
No. 3 – Brown, Betty – 4th Rep. – Terrell = $13,197
No. 4 – Davis, Wendy – 10th Senate – Ft. Worth = $29,540
No. 5 – Davis, Yvonne – 111th Rep. – Dallas = $37,380
No. 6 – Driver, Joe – 113th Rep. – Garland = $44,211
No. 7 – Eltife, Kevin – 1st Senate – Tyler = $36,244
No. 8 – Flynn, Dan – 2nd Rep. – Van = $9,844
No. 9 – Giddings, Helen – 109th Rep. – Dallas = $59,008
No. 10 – Hancock, Kelly – 91st Rep. – North Richland Hills = $7,981
No. 11– Harris, Christopher – 9th Senate – Arlington = $76,224
No. 12 – Kent, Carol – 102nd Rep. – Dallas = $4,150
No. 13 – Hughes, Bryan – 5th Rep. – Mineola = $11,460
No. 14 – Mallory, Barbara – 110th Rep. – Dallas = $7,502
No. 15 – Nelson, Jane – 12th Senate – Grapevine = $112,886
No. 16 – Orr, Robin – 58th Rep. – Burleson = $17,547
No. 17 – Parker, Nathaniel – 63rd Rep. – Flower Mound = $11,846
No. 18 – Paxton, Warren – 70th Rep. – McKinney = $9,341
No. 19 – Shapiro, Florence – 8th Senate – Plano = $121,396
No. 20 – Smith, Todd – 92nd Rep. – Euless = $35,859
No. 21 – Solomons, Burt – 65th Rep. – Carrolton = $64,203
No. 22 – Turner, Christopher – 96th Rep. – Arlington = $5,538
No. 23 – Truitt, Vicki – 98th Rep. – Keller = $37,592
No. 24 – West, Royce – 23rd Senate – Dallas = $98,283
$870,340 = Total amount of the above
 
Text Box No. 1 – Anchia, Rafael – 103rd Rep. – Dallas
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$9,335=6
$2,810
$12,145
140
$24,420
$12,145
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box No. 2 – Berman, Leo – 6th Rep. – Tyler
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$4,862
$2,101
$6,963
140
$23,856
$6,963
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box No. 3 – Brown, Betty – 4th Rep. – Terrell
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$6,337=6
$326
$6,663
140
$23,856
$6,663
2007
$6,058=5
$476
$6,534
140
$21,140
$6,534
 
$12,395
$802
$13,197
 
$44,496
$13,197

 

Text Box No. 4 – Davis, Wendy – 10th Senate – Ft. Worth
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$12,030=4
$ 1,913
$13,943
None
$ 2,520
$ 2,520
2009
$32,959=11
$ 3,212
$36,171
140
$27,050
$27,050
2008
$ 2,048=1
$19,118
$21,166
None
Unknown
 
 
$47,030
$24,243
$71,280
 
$29,540
$29,540
 
Text Box No. 5 – Davis, Yvonne – 111th Rep. – Dallas
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Cable
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$ 5,100=6
None
$ 5,100
None
 
 
2009
$10,200=12
None
$10,200
140
$23,856
$10,200
2008
$10,200=12
None
$10,200
None
 
 
2007
$ 9,900=12
None
$ 9,900
140
$21,140
$ 9,900
2006
$ 8,800=11
None
$ 8,800
30
 
 
2005
$ 9,600=12
None
$ 9,600
200
$25,600
$ 9,600
2004
$ 9,600=12
None
$ 9,600
30/60
$ 7,680
$ 7,680
 
$63,400
 
$63,400
 
$70,596
$37,380

 

Text Box No. 6 – Driver, Joe – 113th Rep. – Garland
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$1,509
None
$ 1,509
None
$ 3,162
$ 1,509
2009
$7,026=5
None
$ 7,026
140
$23,856
$ 7,026
2008
$3,636
None
$ 3,636
None
$ 6,191
$ 3,636
2007
$6,861=5
None
$ 6,861
140
$21,140
$ 6,861
2005
$5,405=4
$1,243
$ 6,648
200
$25,600
$ 6,648
2003
$8,943=7
$   892
$ 9,835
230
$28,750
$ 8,862
2001
$9,962=5
$2,203
$12,165
140
$17,360
$10,679
 
$43,342
$4,338
$7,680
 
$126,059
$44,211
 
Text Box No. 7 – Eltife, Kevin – 1st Senate – Tyler
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per Diem
Taxable
Income
2010
$ 6,945= 6
$   639
$ 7,584
None
 
 
2009
$17,527=13
$1,607
$19,134
140
$23,856
$19,134
2008
$13,917=12
$   760
$14,677
None
$ 3,386
$ 3,386
2007
$13,379=11
$   345
$13,724
140
$21,140
$13,724
 
$51,768
$3,351
$55,119
 
$48,382
$36,244

 

Text Box No. 8 – Flynn, Dan – 2nd Rep. – Van

 

Year

Rent +

Water

Utilities

Misc.

Total

Session

Per

Diem

Amt.

Owed

2009

$16,000=10

$621

$16,621

140

$25,098

$9,844

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box No. 9 – Giddings, Helen – 109th Rep. – Dallas

 

Year

Rent +

Water

Utilities

Misc.

Totals

Session

Per

Diem

Amt.

Owed

2009

$  9,546=5

$1,622

$11,168

140

$24,762

$11,168

2007

$10,200=6

$2,489

$12,689

140

$21,140

$12,689

2005

$13,847=6

$   199

$14,046

200

$25,600

$14,046

2003

$  7,395=3

None

$  7,395

230

$28,750

$  7,395

2001

$13,710=6

None

$13,710

140

$17,360

$13,710

 

$54,698

$4,310

$59,008

 

$117,612

$59,008

 

Text Box No. 10 – Hancock, Kelly – 91st Rep. – N. Richland Hills

 

Year

Rent +

Water

Utilities

Misc.

Totals

Session

Per

Diem

Amt.

Owed

2009

$7,844=6

$137

$7,981

140

$24,007

$7,981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box No. 11 – Harris, Christopher – 9th Senate – Arlington
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$12,125= 6
$ 2,399
$14,524
None
 
 
2009
$20,448=12
$ 4,794
$25,542
140
$23,856
$14,375
2007
$ 8,615 = 5
$ 2,666
$11,281
140
$21,140
$11,281
2005
$18,504=12
$10,677
$29,097
200
$25,600
$20,007
2003
$11,925=9
$ 7,624
$19,549
230
$28,750
$16,473
2002
$17,075=12
$ 9,304
$26,379
None
 
 
2001
$16,950=12
$ 7,698
$24,648
140
$17,360
$14,588
 
$105,642
$45,078
$150,720
 
$116,706
$76,724
 
Text Box No. 12 – Hughes, Bryan – 5th Rep. – Mineola
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$4,535=5
$1,930
$6,465
140
$23,856
$6,465
2007
$4,995=5
None
$4,995
140
$21,140
$4,995
 
$9,530
$1,930
$11,460
 
$44,496
$11,460
 
Text Box No. 13 – Kent, Carol – 102nd Rep. – Dallas
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$4,150
None
$4,150
140
$23,856
$4,150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Text Box No. 14 – Mallory, Barbara – 110th Rep. – Dallas
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$4,408=4
None
$4,408
140
$23,856
$4,408
2007
$3,094=2
None
$3,094
140
$21,140
$3,094
 
$7,502
 
$7,502
 
$44,496
$7,502
 
Text Box No. 15 – Nelson, Jane – 12th Senate – Grapevine
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$10,800= 6
None
 
None
$ 2,520
$ 2,520
2009
$21,600=12
None
 
140
$25,808
$21,600
2008
$19,800=11
None
 
None
$ 4,726
$ 4,726
2007
$15,000=8
None
 
140
$21,140
$15,000
2006
$24,000=12
None
 
30
 
 
2005
$20,000=10
None
 
200
$25,600
$20,000
2004
$22,000=11
None
 
30/60
$ 7,680
$ 7,680
2003
$24,000=12
None
 
230
$28,750
$24,000
2002
$13,000=10
None
 
None
 
 
2001
$19,500=12
None
 
140
$17,360
$17,360
2000
$18,000=12
None
 
None
 
 
 
$207,700
 
 
 
$125,904
$112,886

 

Text Box No. 16 – Orr, Robin – 58th Rep. – Burleson
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$6,784=5
$344
$7,128
140
$26,593
$7,128
2008
$8,070=6
$728
$8,978
None
$ 3,322
$3,322
2007
$6,725=5
$372
$7,097
140
$21,140
$7,097
 
$21,579
$1,444
$23,023
 
$51,055
$17,547
 
Text Box No. 17 – Parker, Nathaniel – 63rd Rep. – Flower Mound
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$5,208=5
$985
$6,193
140
$23,856
$6,193
2007
$5,293=5
None
$5,293
140
$21,140
$5,293
 
$10,501
$985
$11,846
 
$44,496
$11,846
 
Text Box No. 18 – Paxton, Warren – 70th Rep. – McKinney
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$3,858=5
$672
$4,530
140
$25,591
$4,530
2007
$4,383=5
$428
$4,811
140
$21,140
$4,811
 
$8,241
$1,100
$9,341
 
$46,731
$9,341

 

Text Box No. 19 – Shapiro, Florence – 8th Senate – Plano
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$18,104= 6
$1,241
$19,345
None
$ 2,294
$ 2,294
2009
$30,784=11
$1,145
$31,929
140
$26,712
$26,712
2008
$41,721=13
$1,185
$42,906
None
$ 2,363
$ 2,363
2007
$34,309=14
$2,392
$36,701
140
$21,140
$21,400
2006
$26,881=11
$2,013
$28,894
30
 
 
2005
$14,748=6
$1,920
$16,668
200
$25,600
$16,668
2004
$25,200=12
$2,474
$27,674
30/60
$ 7,680
$ 7,680
2003
$25,200=12
$1,719
$26,919
230
$28,750
$26,919
2002
$26,190=12
$   367
$26,557
None
 
 
2001
$23,624=12
$   418
$24,042
140
$17,360
$17,360
2000
$19,015=12
$   266
$19,281
 
 
 
 
$285,776
$15,140
$300,916
 
$124,219
$121,396
 
Text Box No. 20 – Smith, Todd – 92nd Rep. – Bedford
 
Year
Mos.
Rent
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Total
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2008
$4,064=4
$1,147
$5,211
None
$3,759
$3,759
2007
$6,960=5
$1,742
$8,702
140
$21,140
$8,702
2005
$6,515=6
$2,153
$8,668
200
$25,600
$8,668
2003
$5,263=5
$2,933
$8,196
230
$28,750
$8,196
2001
$5,149=5
$1,385
$6,534
140
$17,360
$6,534
 
$27,951
$9,360
$37,311
 
$96,609
$35,859

 

Text Box No. 21 – Solomons, Burt – 65th Rep. – Carrolton
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$ 7,237=5
$   803
$8,040
None
$ 3,906
$ 3,906
2009
$11,977=12
$2,413
$14,390
140
$30,544
$14,390
2008
$10,298=11
$2,349
 
None
$ 8,149
$ 8,149
2007
$10,938=12
$2,386
$13,324
140
$21,140
$13,324
2006
$ 6,004=11
$1,091
 
None
 
 
2005
$ 3,500=10
$1,122
$4,622
200
$25,600
$ 4,622
2004
$ 6,498=8
$   913
 
30/60
$ 7,860
$ 7,860
2003
$ 3,827=10
$2,415
$6,242
230
$28,750
$ 6,242
2002
$ 4,935=4
$   835
 
None
 
 
2001
$ 4,160=4
$1,550
$5,710
140
$17,360
$ 5,710
 
$69,374
$15,877
$85,251
 
$135,449
$64,203

 

Text Box No. 22 – Turner, Christopher – 96th Rep. – Arlington
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$4,671=5
$867
$5,538
140
$23,856
$5,538
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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