Lawmaker Billed Twice for Travel

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A North Texas Republican who rails against
the evils of runaway government spending has admitted pocketing
thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for travel services that his
campaign had already bought.

Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, acknowledged in an interview with
The Associated Press Monday that for years he has been submitting
the same receipts - for luxury hotels, airline tickets, meals and
even registration fees - to both his campaign and to the Texas
House of Representatives. He has also been collecting thousands of
dollars in state mileage reimbursements for travel in vehicles for
which his campaign has shelled out more than $100,000 since 2000.

Driver, an anti-tax conservative who sits on the powerful House
Appropriations Committee, vowed to pay back any money he shouldn't
have taken.