Joe "Double Dip" Driver: Accepted Anywhere

Money stolen from the state of Texas due to Republican incumbent Joe Driver's double-billing for travel expenses$17,431.55.

Amount his opponent, Democrat Jamie Dorris, had raised by the July filings thanks to organizations like Annie's List and Back to Basics$70,000.

The irony in this old Double Dip Driver quote from a Dallas Morning News article written by Emily Ramshaw (now at the Texas Tribune): Priceless.

Mr. Driver said campaign funds are often necessary to keep legislators afloat.

As a freshman representative, he said, he didn't know campaign law allowed him to use his officeholder account for noncampaign expenses, and he feared the costs would be prohibitive.


"I'm not independently wealthy, and I thought to myself, 'I don't know if I can afford this!' " he said.


But he doesn't approve of going overboard. Mr. Driver said he shares the two-bedroom Austin apartment he rents with a colleague to cut costs. And his campaign contributions to other candidates are limited to "helping other House members when they have tough campaigns."
There are some things money can't buy.  For the rest, there's Joe "Double Dip" Driver.
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