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Did Texas Rep. Wayne Christian improperly pocket mileage payments from the State?

 
Texas State Rep. Wayne Christian has allegedly been representing the best interests of his constituents in the Center, Texas area for the last ten years. He is now running for a sixth term for the 9th Assembly District against Kenneth D. Franks in the November 2010 election.
 
As you’ll see from the text box below, Rep. Christian has billed and collected over $24,000 from the State for mileage reimbursements from September 6, 2007 through May 6, 2010.
 
However, during this period of time his campaign paid nearly $17,000 for fuel and $14,000 for maintenance costs on his vehicle, which appears to be a Lexus.
 
As we all know, mileage reimbursements are meant to cover all expenses of operating a vehicle, which would include the cost of the vehicle, fuel and maintenance. Therefore, it certainly appears that Rep. Wayne Christian was not lawfully entitled to pocket the mileage payments he received from the State of Texas.
 
Just below the text box, you’ll see a breakdown of fuel purchases made by Christian while he was in Austin and/or traveling to or from Austin. You’ll also see a breakdown of maintenance costs.
 
$11,681 paid to Christian by the State in 2009
 
At $0.55 per mile and 21 mpg, Christian would have driven about 21,000 miles in 2009 on provable state business. Of course this is highly unlikely and rather difficult to believe.
 
 
Tax Liability for Commuting
 
It is black letter law that the IRS considers any and all expenses paid by a third party for commuting to be taxable income. Therefore, because Christian’s campaign paid for fuel and maintenance costs for his operation of a Lexus, any and all commuting miles and/or personal use of said vehicle is taxable income.
 
I suspect that Mr. Christian likely did not report said use to the IRS as income. However, if he did and/or claims he did, then I’m sure he would be more than happy to release copies of his tax returns proving he so acted.
 
Reporting Rep. Christian’s conduct to the proper authorities
 
A complaint will be filed shortly with Travis County DA, the Texas State Controller and the Texas Ethics Commission regarding Mr. Christian’s conduct.
 
Christian, Wayne – 9th Rep. – Center
 
Year
State
Mileage
 
Fuel
Auto
Maint.
Total
Costs
2010
$ 3,423
$2,489
$   594
$6,506
2009
$11,681
$4,776
$2,775
$19,232
2008
$ 6,427
$8,052
$5,676
$20,155
2007
$ 2,628
$1,469
$5,092
$9,189
 
$24,159
$16,786
$14,137
$55,082
 
2010 – Fuel Purchases in Austin
7-eleven,
$ 50.00
3/26/2010
Re-districting Conf-austin
Austin
Brookshire Brothers,
$ 61.06
3/11/2010
Return From Austin
Center
Cefco #38,
$ 75.00
2/21/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Rockdale
Chevron #00107140,
$ 33.07
2/20/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Chevron #00175485,
$ 41.99
4/20/2010
B&i Committee-austin
Austin
Costco Wholesale #681,
$ 53.76
5/16/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Exxon,
$ 47.67
3/09/2010
Travel To Houston Airport To Austin
Houston
Exxon Mobil,
$ 36.30
1/06/2010
Travel To Austin To Capital Office
Nacogdoches
Exxonmobil,
$ 38.95
1/15/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Crockett
Exxonmobil,
$ 35.98
3/20/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Food Fast #10,
$ 36.11
6/17/2010
Travel To Austin To Airport To Pa
Center
Food Fast #10,
$ 45.05
2/11/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Center
Murphy Usa 7108,
$ 34.84
1/04/2010
Travel To Austin-capital Office Visit
Center
Murphy Usa 7108,
$ 59.31
5/30/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Center
Murphy's #7197,
$ 51.99
2/25/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Rockdale
Phillips 66,
$ 40.99
4/11/2010
Return From Austin To Center
Austin
Phillips 66,
$ 55.52
4/25/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Phillips 66,
$ 45.42
4/14/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Sam's Club #6453,
$ 63.18
4/09/2010
Sboe Conference-austin
Austin
Shell,
$ 56.30
4/19/2010
B&i Committee Meeting-austin
Austin
Shell,
$ 33.22
4/20/2010
B&i Committee Meeting-austin
Austin
Shell,
$ 51.74
5/13/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Shell Oil,
$ 33.80
6/28/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Centerville
Shell Oil,
$ 50.00
5/19/2010
Austin-sboe Meeting
Center
Valero #1396,
$ 59.76
3/20/2010
Austin-capital Office Visit
Austin
Valero #2003,
$ 56.32
5/21/2010
Travel To Ft Woth-gotv Seminar
Dallas

 

2010 – Vehicle Maintenance in Austin
Meineke #23,
$ 197.52
3/20/2010
Campaign Vehicle Maintenance
Austin

 

2009 – Fuel Purchases in Austin
7-eleven,
$ 39.58
1/13/2009
Travel/gas
Austin
7-eleven,
$ 31.38
5/08/2009
Travel/gas
Austin
Braker Mart,
$ 37.75
1/12/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Chevron #00203164,
$ 71.99
6/18/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Chevron #00203164,
$ 39.49
1/26/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Chevron 0107140,
$ 20.48
4/07/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Costco,
$ 140.58
9/12/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Costco,
$ 68.42
6/30/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Exxonmobil,
$ 69.20
10/12/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Lake Austin Chevron,
$ 46.11
5/17/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Lamar Shell,
$ 35.23
2/25/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Marshalls Str 7,
$ 57.04
5/19/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Marshalls Str 7,
$ 62.99
9/15/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Marshalls Str 7,
$ 41.28
4/18/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Mo Pac Express,
$ 38.89
2/10/2009
Travel/gas
Austin
Mo Pac Express,
$ 36.98
4/09/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Mopac Shell,
$ 47.79
2/17/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Mopac Shell,
$ 38.49
3/06/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Murphy's #7211,
$ 34.07
3/14/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Phillips 66,
$ 61.26
7/24/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Phillips 66,
$ 57.45
6/01/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Phillips 66,
$ 28.67
6/24/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Rollingwood Shell,
$ 38.50
7/03/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 47.32
5/04/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 45.18
2/02/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 41.89
3/03/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 62.42
6/22/2009
Travel Exp/fuel
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 36.62
1/26/2009
Travel Exp/gas
Austin
Tetco #58,
$ 36.40
5/03/2009
Travel/fuel
Austin
 
 
2009 – Vehicle Maintenance in Austin
Covert Auto Repair,
$ 811.57
12/30/2009
Vehicle Repair
Austin
Covert Automotive Group,
$ 125.00
6/01/2009
Travel Exp/veh Maint
Austin
Emergency Mobile Service,
$ 617.00
10/15/2009
Travel Exp/veh Repair
Austin
First Class Transmission,
$ 427.98
2/11/2009
Travel/veh Maint
Austin
Jiffy Lube #3036,
$ 101.23
2/02/2009
Travel/veh Maint
Austin
Lexus Of Austin,
$ 79.56
4/03/2009
Travel/veh Maint
Austin
Lexus Of Austin,
$ 88.70
4/03/2009
Travel/veh Maint
Austin
Mister Car Wash,
$ 69.19
1/16/2009
Travel/veh Maint
Austin
 
2008 – Fuel Purchases in Austin
7-eleven,
$ 33.30
12/06/2008
Travel
Austin
Chevron #00203164,
$ 79.97
4/28/2008
Travel Exp
Austin
Chevron #00203164,
$ 73.42
5/27/2008
Travel Exp
Austin
Louie's #106,
$ 23.40
1/23/2008
Travel Exp
Austin
Riverside Chevron,
$ 71.55
3/14/2008
Travel Exp
Austin
Sam's Club,
$ 72.90
7/18/2008
Travel
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 38.99
11/21/2008
Travel Exp
Austin
Shell Oil 57543061402,
$ 75.00
3/20/2008
Travel Exp
Austin
Sunrise Mini Mart,
$ 27.30
12/17/2008
Travel
Austin
Sunrise Mini Mart,
$ 21.23
12/15/2008
Travel
Austin
Texaco,
$ 40.75
11/12/2008
Travel
Austin

 

 

2008 – Vehicle Maintenance in Austin
Arbor Car Wash Ii,
$ 22.95
10/07/2008
Travel
Austin
 
Sykora Family Ford,
$ 507.69
12/23/2008
Travel
West
Firestone Complete Auto,
$ 1,354.53
6/10/2008
Travel
Tyler
Firestone Complete Auto,
$ 1,354.53
6/10/2008
Travel
Tyler
Northside Lexus,
$ 151.53
2/20/2008
Travel
Houston
Paintscratch.com,
$ 42.44
6/26/2008
Travel
Incline Village
Quick Change Oil & Lube Inc,
$ 71.00
3/24/2008
Travel
Center
Rockin C Trailer,
$ 352.01
12/15/2008
Travel
Nacogdoches
Tyler Automax,
$ 2,794.27
6/07/2008
Travel
Tyler
Valvoline Express Care,
$ 64.57
4/15/2008
Travel
Nacogdoches
Valvoline Express Care,
$ 66.64
11/05/2008
Travel
Nacogdoches
Wal Mart - Center,
$ 146.45
3/10/2008
Travel
Center
Wal Mart - Center,
$ 377.63
10/22/2008
Travel
Center
Northside,
$ 1,750.07
8/27/2008
Travel
Houston

 

2007 – Fuel Purchases in Austin
Exxon,
$ 69.57
1/08/2007
Veh Fuel/austin
Austin
Exxon,
$ 49.46
4/24/2007
Veh Fuel/austin
Austin
Exxon,
$ 39.56
2/11/2007
Veh Fuel/austin
Austin
Exxon,
$ 36.94
1/25/2007
Veh Fuel
Austin
Exxon,
$ 43.31
6/29/2007
Veh Fuel/austin
Austin
Sam's Club,
$ 22.42
2/05/2007
Vehicle Fuel
Austin
Sam's Club,
$ 88.70
5/29/2007
Vehicle Fuel
Austin
Sam's Club,
$ 46.03
4/30/2007
Vehicle Fuel
Austin
Sam's Club,
$ 29.74
3/16/2007
Vehicle Fuel
Austin
Shell
$ 31.76
8/02/2007
Travel Exp
Austin
Valero #2095,
$ 42.10
10/02/2007
Travel Exp
Austin
 
Murphy Usa 6613 Hend,
$ 39.48
3/23/2007
Fuel
Austin
Murphy Usa 6613 Hend,
$ 50.00
5/17/2007
Fuel
Austin
Murphy Usa 6613 Hend,
$ 27.57
4/02/2007
Fuel
Austin
Murphy Usa 6613 Hend,
$ 44.61
3/19/2007
Fuel
Austin
 
Food Fast #4207,
$ 17.45
6/24/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Food Fast #4207,
$ 50.00
6/11/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Food Fast #4207,
$ 9.90
6/15/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Food Fast #4207,
$ 30.63
1/07/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Food Fast #4207,
$ 41.99
1/18/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Food Fast #4207,
$ 30.63
1/15/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Food Fast #4207,
$ 39.36
3/05/2007
Fuel/austin
Center
Texaco,
$ 28.34
1/15/2007
Fuel Austin
Giddings

 

2007 – Vehicle Maintenance in Austin
Family Dollar,
$ 21.05
1/08/2007
Veh Maint
Austin
First Class Transmission,
$ 1,253.00
5/08/2007
Campaign Vehicle Repair
Austin
First Class Transmission,
$ 458.00
5/02/2007
Campaign Vehicle Repair
Austin
Jiffy Lube #3036,
$ 51.38
3/23/2007
Vehicle Maint/austin
Austin
Jiffy Lube #3036,
$ 100.90
4/27/2007
Vehicle Maint/austin
Austin
Lexus Of Austin Aust,
$ 469.66
1/26/2007
Campaign Vehicle Maintance
Austin
Lexus Of Austin Aust,
$ 1,011.71
4/02/2007
Campaign Vehicle Maintance
Austin
Lexus Of Austin Aust,
$ 589.85
1/24/2007
Campaign Vehicle Maintance
Austin
 
 
Brian's Dent Busters,
$ 200.00
10/17/2007
Travel Exp
Austin
Discount Tire,
$ 894.75
4/02/2007
Campaign Veh Tires
Austin
Double Rainbow Car Wash,
$ 8.00
7/09/2007
Travel Exp
Tyler
Pep Boys,
$ 23.79
7/09/2007
Travel Exp
Tyler
R R Tire Corp.,
$ 9.00
10/11/2007
Travel Exp
Center
 
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