How a bankrupt member of Congress spends his money

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

If you’re a bankrupt member of Congress who makes $174,000 a year, how do you spend your money?

In the five months since filing for bankruptcy, Texas Rep. Ruben Hinojosa has spent about $1,800 on clothes, $680 on cleaning service and given his children a total of $540 in allowance, according to bankruptcy filings obtained by The Daily Caller.

Hinojosa, a Democrat who sits on the House Financial Services Committee, filed for bankruptcy in December. He blamed his financial woes on the failure of a company, H&H Meat Products Co., for whom he had guaranteed a loan.

He’s required to file monthly summaries of his finances, which give a much more detailed look at his finances than the required financial disclosure forms for members of Congress.

A spokeswoman with Hinojosa’s office declined to comment on the bankruptcy case, directing a reporter to the congressman’s attorney, Eduardo V. Rodriguez. He did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

As of April, court filings show that Hinojosa has assets totaling about $1.4 million. His liabilities total about $2.9 million, according to documents.

Other expenses Hinojosa has listed in the time period between December and April include:

—$850 on childcare
—$254 on gifts
—$108 on haircuts
—$94 on health and fitness