SPOTTED: Mendoza’s “LOADED” Taxpayer Funded SUV
Mendoza Used Taxpayer Dollars to Buy $32,000 SUV With Heated Leather Seats, Navigation, Power Trunk
Last month, Comptroller Susana Mendoza drew heat for using taxpayer dollars just weeks into office to buy herself a $32,000 luxury featured SUV, sending her staff with a check to pay for the car in full.
Listing records reveal that Madigan’s comptroller spent taxpayer dollars to get herself a “LOADED” SUV with heated leather seats, navigation, and a power liftgate - luxury features paid for by you, the taxpayer.
New footage shows just how fancy Mendoza’s taxpayer purchase is.
49 million dollars siphoned off gratis iLGOP
For Rivian EDGE deal
To a company that has yet to produce a single car
- LibrarianRyan - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:11 am:
She bought a used car. Get over it people. They probably needed to replace the last one. Lots of state cars have over 100,000+ miles on them. She didn’t go out and pick out something brand new and fully loaded. She chose a used car. That is saving money.
And while I am at it, what happened to the governors purple van? If he and his people are so worried about how much was spent, send over the purple van because I never see him driving it.
I’m bad at math…so, I thought she got rid of three under-performing vehicles with one new, efficient model…while the Governor - for five times as much (per year) - adds new Deputy Governors to a staff which decidedly under-performs.
The temperature and lacking of collegial respect, going back to “The Owl”, and the first tracker popping up against GA members, Rauner has poisoned even the thought of bipartisan “détente” is long gone with Rauner.
Rauner has crumbled the premise that “we’re all in this together” with trackers intimidating in hopes of breaking it all… for his personal agenda.
If you drive a state car. Every state workers notices where and for what business purpose you use the vehicle. Why does the new comptroller think she is any different. Buy a luxury car while other state workers are driving wrecks only gets you more on the radar. And I really thought things would change with different gov. Different comptroller. And up dated staff. Boy was I wrong.
There’s plenty (and I mean plenty) of fertile ground for criticism of Comptroller Mendoza…inside the lines.
Stay there and knock off this stuff. It looks bad because it is bad. Knock it off.
- Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:30 pm:
I’m not a big fan of trackers, but I will acknowledge their usage by both political parties. Please don’t be shocked by their existence. I can recall trackers in the State Capitol Building and the James R. Thompson Center following around candidates of both political parties. That pseudo-shock is not very becoming of you.
With campaigns and politics getting uglier each year, expect trackers to multiply accordingly.
And as to those ??? in the Comptrollers tweets, they are in the same as President Trump’s in messaging. Stalking????? Public Funds being used????? Puleeze!
The only taxpayer funds used in that snippet appears to be used for the purchase of a 1 year old “used” Ford Explorer with low mileage and all kinds of fancy bells and whistles. Let me roll up and park next to her luxurious ride my 16 year old Jeep with 373,000 miles on it so we can do a better comparison. (And I bought mine new).
She wanted the limelight. Suddenly she is offended? And you are horrified!
===The only taxpayer funds used in that snippet appears to be used for the purchase of a 1 year old “used” Ford Explorer with low mileage and all kinds of fancy bells and whistles===
This is so overblown. When statewide officials accept state police protection, the auto purchase doesn’t come out of their budgets. Mendoza didn’t opt for protection, so the car is paid for by her office. Rauner does get protection, so his cars are paid for by the cops - but the money still comes from the same source: taxpayers.
I know, for a fact, that Rauner is being driven around by the ISP Executive Protection Unit in what one would consider luxury vehicles. Not to mention the 100k salaries (plus overtime) of those troopers. Those who live in glass houses…
- Scooteriffic! - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:58 pm:
If it’s that big of a deal, why doesn’t Captain Carhartt just donate the trash can van to the Comptrollers Office, and ask that the new/used SUV be sold?
This is what we all think we should be spending our time on? The purchase of an SUV. If this purchase really has anyone’s shorts in a bunch then you’re priorities of what to be worried about are entirely out of whack.
Wow…I used to like and respect Rauner and the ILGOP. Now, I just pity them. Rauner: what a pitiful and little man you have become. No amount of money can give you class. Heartless and classless to boot. Mazel tov.
Call me crazy, but I have a feeling Munger might be running against Mendoza again in 2018.
- The Real Just Me - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 2:09 pm:
Can someone answer me this? If the Comptroller used her own car instead, would she be reimbursed mileage? Could that cost more than the purchase of the used vehicle? Are other state officials, like the heads of agencies and commissions reimbursed mileage? How much does that cost the State?
@Just Me. Yes, if she used her own car, she could request mileage. Doesn’t have to request it, but she could. Current state mileage rate is 53 1/2 per mile. Chicago to Springfield and back is about 425 miles. So, about $227 for one trip. That’ll add up fast.
- The Real Just Me - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:21 pm:
Does Deputy Governor Munger have use of a state vehicle or get reimbursed for mileage?
- Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:39 pm:
=== On state property, not during a campaign season?===
Last I’m seeing the campaign “season” never ends. Perpetual campaigning by everyone. Do I like it? No. Do I acknowledge that reality? Yes.
That anyone would defend this nonsense is demonstrative of partisanship and nothing else. This is childish, useless, wasteful, and counterproductive. Full stop. And it would be the same if trackers sprung out and asked Munger what she was doing to earn her salary.
Put a tracker on the “Trash Can Van” Rauner vowed/campaigned to use if elected, among all the other snake oil the people who voted for him bought. The Dems need to start messaging big time! Oh by the way does Munger have a state vehicle?