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HINOJOSA ILLEGALLY USING CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO ENRICH HIMSELF IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW

HINOJOSA ILLEGALLY USING CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO ENRICH HIMSELF IN

VIOLATION OF STATE LAW

Public records indicate Hinojosa unlawfully pocketed

over $50,000 since 2007.

Austin, Texas – Today the Raul Torres for Texas Senate Campaign filed a sworn complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission and called on the Travis County District Attorney to investigate Senator Chuy Hinojosa’s use of campaign funds to personally enrich himself in violation of the law.

“Today, my campaign called for an investigation by the Texas Ethics Commission and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office into my opponent’s illegal use of campaign funds to enrich himself in violation of state law,” said State Representative Raul Torres, who faces Senator Chuy Hinojosa in the Texas Senate District 20 race.

Public records filed by Hinojosa indicate that he has repeatedly used campaign funds to personally enrich himself in violation of Title 15, Texas Election Code §253.035 over a period of several years. Campaign finance reports show Hinojosa has personally pocketed over $50,000 in travel reimbursements for fuel expenses paid for by the campaign, unlawfully “double dipping” in what amounts to an unlawful use of campaign assets.

Additionally, Hinojosa’s campaign finance reports stop reporting campaign disbursements for “fuel” and instead began reporting disbursements with the description of “fuel for staff.” The reporting change appears to be an attempt to avoid public scrutiny and the change in reporting began after the first statewide press coverage, July 2010, of “double dipping” practices by various elected officials in the state of Texas.

“I entered the race for the Texas Senate to improve our schools, secure our borders and be an independent voice for South Texas but the discovery of my opponent’s illegal use of campaign funds to enrich himself has made this campaign about ethics, integrity and honesty. The hard working families of Senate District 20 deserve a Senator who will work every day to improve their lives and not use the office for self gain,” added Torres.

Representative Raul Torres is running for the Texas Senate District 20 seat, which encompasses four counties including Nueces, Brooks, Jim Wells and parts of Hidalgo.

As Texas Senator, Raul Torres will work to improve schools, secure our borders and be an independent voice for South Texas families not a political party or group.  Representative Torres currently represents District 33 in the Texas House and serves on the Appropriations and Insurance committees.

 

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