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Dallas area legislators misappropriating state funds – tax avoidance - Part 2

 
Below are the names of 10 Texas 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 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.
 
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 under the article below.
 
Letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman re: TX legislators as possible tax scofflaws
 
Also, the Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has been notified about this matter. A letter to Ms. Lehmberg can be found at the URL below.
 
Letter to Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg re: legislator’s misappropriating state funds

 

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

 

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box No. 23 – Truitt, Vicki – 98th Rep. – Keller
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$15,300=5
$1,067
$16,367
None
$ 4,414
$ 4,414
2009
$22,950=9
$2,599
$25,549
141
$28,497
$25,549
2008
$28,050=11
$2,659
$30,709
None
$ 7,629
$ 7,629
 
$66,300
$6,325
$72,625
 
$40,540
$37,592
 
 
Text Box No. 24 – West, Royce – 23rd Senate – Dallas
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$10,814=7
$1,449
$12,263
None
$ 1,848
$ 1,848
2009
$10,814=7
$1,946
$12,760
141
$23,856
$12,760
2008
$18,090=12
$2,915
$21,005
None
$ 1,668
$ 1,668
2007
$19,435=13
$1,226
$20,661
140
$21,140
$20,661
2006
$   6,870=4
$   850
$ 7,720
None
 
 
2005
$10,539=5
$1,567
$12,106
200
$25,600
$12,106
2004
$20,720=9
$1,418
$22,318
30/60
$ 7,680
$ 7,680
2003
$24,200=11
None
$24,200
230
$28,750
$24,200
2002
$ 9,566=4
None
$ 9,566
None
 
 
2001
$21,000=7
None
$21,000
140
$17,360
$17,360
 
$152,048
$11,371
$163,419
 
$120,222
$98,283
 
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