Lifestyles of State Lawmakers

    House big spender #2: Dan Flynn

    Much like the old Johnny Cash song, Rep. Dan Flynn has been everywhere — man. The Republican from Canton has made more than 30 out-of-state...

    Senate big spender #3: Eddie Lucio, Jr.

    Sometimes campaign donations are the gift that keeps on giving. Donors provide money to candidates, and, in return, those candidates kick some of that money...

    House big spender #3: Garnet Coleman

    If his travels are any indication, Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) and former President Obama are practically joined at the hip. According to expenditures examined by...

    Senate big spender #4: John Whitmire

    Texas Senator John Whitmire is such a supporter of Texas’ sports teams with his campaign funds they ought to give him an honorary gold-colored,...

    House big spender #4: Eddie Lucio III

    The Geek Squad is undoubtedly happy when they see Rep. Eddie Lucio III coming.  That’s because the Democrat from Brownsville has spent more than $28,000...

    Senate big spender #5: Robert Nichols

    In a district where the per-capita income is just $22,224, few people could afford rent of $1,629 per month. But that’s what state Sen....

    House big spender #5: Rene Oliveira

    From his campaign coffers to his valued associates, Rep. Rene Oliveira likes to keep the alcohol flowing. An examination of campaign fund expenditure by The...

    Campaign funds: The gift that keeps on giving

    If you’re thinking of opening a new business in Austin, forget flowers. The market is pretty sewn up, bound by the habits of state legislators,...

    Lawmakers ride in luxury on donor funds

    State Sen. Craig Estes doesn’t mess around when it comes to being transported around the state. The Republican from Wichita Falls has spent $317,000 on...

    High rent, lavish meals remain the norm for many state lawmakers

    State Sen. Joan Huffman was freshly re-elected at the end of 2014 when she came to Austin for a series of meetings. It was...

    The campaign cash express: Mapping the travel of your legislator

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! But it’s not Superman. More likely it is your Texas state legislator jetting to an exotic locale. Last week The Texas...

    Tapping campaign cash pays for lawmakers’ exotic trips, resort stays

    For many couples, a sightseeing trip to Costa Rica would be a costly affair, with penny-pinching and coupon-cutting to save for the trip. But former...

    Campaign coffers fund lavish lifestyles

    Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series of Texas Monitor investigations into the way campaign funds are used to pad the...