State Rep. Carol Kent is a freshman state Rep, from District 102 up in north Texas. And she’s got a problem. There was a big cookie jar, and her hand was just caught in it. This is according to word that’s making the rounds, and your friendly neighborhood blogger has picked up on.
Dave Palmer, an ethics watchdog, reported that the Texas paid Kent’s lodging expenses while Kent also sought $4,150, in expense reimbursements from her campaign account…
Palmer believes Kent committed fraud when the State defrayed costs for which the campaign already paid, according to Palmer’s report, which alleges Kent violated federal law, Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code, §162. Tax expert and professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Lillian Mills, quoted in a Houston Chronicle story said that per diem pay generally is not taxable, “But you can’t then use the same amount of expense to avoid paying tax on some other reimbursement like a draw out of that campaign fund,” she said. “There may be a free lunch, but there are no second tax helpings.”
So that’s the bad news: Democrat state Rep. Carol Kent is a double-dipper. The good news is, residents in 102 have the chance to vote her out in November. And the even better news is, Kent’s opponent is solid conservative Republican Stefani Carter. Carter is not only a great candidate, but she’ll put a stop to nonsense like Carol Kent’s double-dipping ways.
Update: It may be impolitic to say this, but hey, we’re just a little indy blog here so we can say anything. And here’s the deal. Democrat Carol Kent is a dirty double-dippin’ Democrat who has no business in elective office. But in addition to Stefani Carter being a very reputable prosecutor and great young gun among the Texas Republicans, she’s…well, cameras evidently love her. C’mon, District 102, this is a very easy call.