McClintock’s $170/Day Boondoggle

Tom McClintock

For a man who claims he is opposed to government spending, Tom McClintock takes a lot of money from the government. And he has gotten far more than he’s deserved in his 36 years as a politician.

Tom McClintock has never lived in California’s Fourth District. He started his career as a politician in Southern California, representing Thousand Oaks in the State Assembly. In 1996, he moved his family to Elk Grove and he’s lived there ever since. But McClintock didn’t officially move to Elk Grove for many years after that. And that let him get his hands on hundreds of thousands of dollars that he didn’t earn. By claiming his mother’s home in Thousand Oaks as his residence, Tom McClintock took advantage of the State’s generous per diem for politicians. He took as much as $170 every day, tax free, for years. That money – our hard-earned tax dollars – was intended to offset expenses incurred by politicians who live far away from Sacramento, but Tom McClintock was not one of them. Perhaps that’s how he was able to buy a 4,000 square foot home in Elk Grove in 2004.

Tom McClintock has been living off of our tax dollars for nearly four decades, and we’ve got nothing to show for it. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.

Critic of spending accepts tax-free per diem