Taxpayers Subsidize TLR President Dick Trabulsi’s Life of Luxury
December 27th, 2012, by Mark McCaig
Texans For Individual Rights (TXIR) today called on Dick Trabulsi, President of the special interest lobby group Texans For Lawsuit Reform, to repay to taxpayers all funds that he or his family businesses have received in the form of government handouts. According to a farm subsidy database maintained by the Environmental Working Group, Trabulsi’s company Richard Trabulsi Inc. has received $43,787 in farm subsidies since 1995. Another database, maintained by the taxpayer watchdog group “OMB Watch”, reflects an additional payment of $12,647 to Richard Trabulsi Inc. from the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program in 2010.
Trabulsi is the owner of a luxury condominium in the exclusive Four Seasons building in downtown Austin with appraised value of $875,000. The website of the Four Seasons Residences bills itself as “The Premier Address in Austin, Texas” that offers an “unparalleled lifestyle” to its residents.
It is disgusting to learn that taxpayers have been subsidizing Dick Trabulsi’s life of luxury. However, it is not a surprise considering that Trabulsi and TLR’s major backers use their political power and influence to benefit personally at the expense of average Texans. One of the main reasons our nation is in a fiscal crisis is because of profligate spending exemplified by taxpayer handouts such as those received by Richard Trabulsi Inc. We call on Mr. Trabulsi to do the right thing and repay these funds back to the taxpayers.
While Texans For Lawsuit Reform claims to represent Conservative values, Trabulsi has written about his desire to see the Democratic Party “become competitive again” and for Democrats to be “in a position of strength to influence public policy” in Texas. We have written extensively about Trabulsi at #StopTLR. You can learn more about him here, here, and here.
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