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Private Airplanes and Luxury Hotels- Sheesh! It's LUCRATIVE when Texas legislators use campaign money for goodies!

17 December 2006 at 2:11:44 PM

Maybe EVERYBODY ought to run for office and have others cough up dough for them? Did you think when you donated money to some of these clowns that it was going for, uh, campaign expenses, instead of Neiman Marcus gifts, or $6,000 to furnish one house? You DO want to help someone pay for their private airplane expenses, right? Why don't these people just hold out their hat and beg us to support them in the Let-Them-Eat-Cake style to which they apparently have become accustomed?

Honestly, this disgusts me. I read Bay Area Houston recently where the author did a breakdown on our State Senator Kip Averitt and how much money he spent on his car, and gifts for the sycophants.

I realize, as this article in the Dallas Morning News points out, that being in the Texas Legislature doesn't pay all that well. But in some cases, the people in office didn't even have anyone RUNNING AGAINST THEM. Here's some examples of how campaign money gets spent to give these people a cushier lifestyle.

Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, was one of North Texas' biggest spenders. He aided Dallas County district attorney candidate Vic Cunningham with a $25,000 campaign contribution and has given $30,000 to the Dallas County Republican Party since 2005. He gave another $30,000 to other candidates, including colleagues like Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, and Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville. Nearly $9,000 in campaign expenditures went toward "aircraft maintenance." Mr. Carona wasn't on the ballot this year; he won re-election unopposed in 2004.

•Ms. Shapiro, who had no opponent to battle for re-election last month, spent about $16,000 on gifts for staff and constituents. She spent more than $6,000 in stays at luxury hotels, from The Ritz Carlton to Austin favorites The Driskill and The Mansion at Judge's Hill.

Don't most of the rest of us stay in Holiday Inn Express? She stays at the Mansion???????

•Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, spent $24,000 on auto expenses, including putting a $10,000 down payment on a leased vehicle. In the last two years, he also spent nearly $6,000 outfitting his offices and $5,900 furnishing his Austin residence. Like Mr. Carona, he won his 2004 race with no opposition.

If he has money left over, ask him to send it to me. I have a leaking roof I need repaired on MY house.

•Mr. Deuell spent $18,000 on auto-related expenses, from car payments to gas to auto insurance and rental cars. He won re-election last month with 79 percent of the vote.

•Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, spent more than $17,000 on accommodations in Austin. Mr. West had no opposition in his last contest, two years ago.

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