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Brownsville legislators misappropriating state funds – tax avoidance

 
Below are the names of several Texas state legislators from the Brownsville 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.
 
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 campaignUtilities/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
 
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

 

Hinojosa, Juan – 20th Senate – McAllen 
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$ 2,289
$1,707
$ 3,996
None
$ 4,210
$ 3,996
2009
$18,391=5
$1,503
$19,894
140
$27,940
$19,984
2008
$ 9,200=5
$2,569
$11,769
None
$ 3,696
$ 3,696
2007
$ 7,648=4
$7,235
$14,883
140
$21,140
$14,883
2005
$ 7,949=5
None
$ 7,949
200
$25,600
$ 7,949
 
$45,477
$13,014
$58,491
 
$82,586
$50,508
 
Lucio, Eddie – 27th Senate – Brownsville
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2010
$12,000= 6
$5,549
$17,549
None
$1,680
$ 1,680
2009
$20,083=12
$7,627
$27,710
140
$28,502
$27,710
2008
$19,510=12
$6,396
$25,906
None
$9,313
$ 9,313
2007
$19,001=12
$5,901
$24,902
140
$22,252
$22,252
2006
$12,396= 8
$4,271
$16,667
None
 
 
2005
$17,123=11
$9,692
$26,815
200
$25,600
$25,600
2004
$20,837=13
$6,554
$27,391
30/60
$7,860
$ 7,860
2003
$15,947=10
$9,990
$25,937
230
$28,750
$25,937
2002
$16,898=11
$6,376
$23,274
None
 
 
2001
$21,245=14
$13,992
$35,237
140
$17,360
$17,360
2000
$14,800=10
$5,510
$20,310
None
 
 
 
$189,781
$51,602
$241,383
 
$141,317
$137,712
 
Lucio, Eddie III – 38th Rep. – Brownsville
 
Year
Rent +
Water
Utilities
Misc.
Totals
Session
Per
Diem
Amt.
Owed
2009
$9,052=5
$4,845
$13,897
140
$23,856
$13,687
2008
$3,245=2
$5,635
$ 8,880
None
 
 
 
$12,297
$10,480
$22,567
 
$23,856
$13,867
 

 

 
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