In 2009, Hinojosa obtained a $665,000 earmark to help widen a road next to a 3.7-acre commercial property that his family partnership was developing and near the family food processing plant in Mercedes, Tex. Hinojosa said he saw no conflict in securing an earmark for work next to his property or the plant. "It helps everybody," he said. "The only way it made sense to handle this tremendous population growth and avoid problems for the school buses that go through that intersection was to widen it."
Hinojosa’s financial portrait
The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.
41 lawmakers saw their estimated wealth fall below $25,000, with many slipping into the negative territory.
What industries does Hinojosa invest in?
Many assets can be tied to specific industries, such as finance, agriculture or natural resources. "Mixed" investments are assets not tied to a specific industry.
Hinojosa's estimated 2010 liabilities
What asset types does Hinojosa hold?
Assets are lumped into groups such as real estate, stocks, mutual funds or cash.
NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.
About the data
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