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Are Texas Legislators Altruistic Gift Givers or Obnoxious Spendthrifts?

 

Texas Ethics Laws state that gifts from state legislators to their constituents and/or other should be reasonable. Just remember one thing, the costs of the gifts listed below didn’t cost the fools listed below one single dime because it was all paid for with campaign contributions.

While looking at this list do ya really believe that any of these clowns actually advised any of their contributors prior to holding fundraisers that they were going to spend their money in such a manner? Me thinks not!
Juan Carona – 16th District Senator – Dallas
 
Gifts for constituents/colleagues and staff = $364.788.95
  • 2008 = $15,931.43 
  • 2007 = $31,348.31
  • 2006 = $42,896.50
  • 2005 = $35,611.27
  • 2004 = $50,465.72
  • 2003 = $63,701.10
  • 2002 = $36,950.22
  • 2001 = $66,560.81
  • 2000 = $21,323.59
John Whitmire - 15th District Senator – Houston
 
Gifts for constituents/colleagues and staff = $180,402.00
  • $83,473.00 – Houston Astros tickets
  • $52,625.00 – Houston Texan tickets
  • $33,000.00 – Houston Rocket tickets
  • $16,349.22 – Misc. Constituent Entertainment

Unconscionable costs for single gifts

Juan Carona – 16th District Senator – Dallas
  • Neiman Marcus, Dallas, 20050122, $1694.12, Colleague Gift
  • Bachendorf's Jewelry, 20031229, $1428.90, Colleague
  • Neiman Marcus – 10/18/06 - $259.01 – colleague’s daughter – wedding gift
  • Mont Blanc, Houston, 20070522, $2622.36, committee gifts
  • Tiffany and Co, Houston, 20060815, $554.89, constituent gift
John Cornyn – ex- Attorney General – Presently U.S. Senator
  • $7,727.00 – 12/29/00 – Tiffany & Co. – Gift Expense [singular]
  • $17,311.50 – 12/13/01 – Ben Silver – Gift Expense [singular]
 
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