For some public officials, one governments paycheck is as good as another's--sometimes better. Take Texas state Sen. Rodney Ellis and Houston Port Commissioner Michael Solar. They've signed on with Mexico to promote the North American Free Trade Agreement, earning $15,000 each a year and $3,000 a month in travel expenses. As a state senator, Ellis is paid $7,200 a year and $85 a day in expenses when the legislature is in session. Port Commissioner Solar is unsalaried. Calling the possibility of conflict of interest "farfetched," Ellis said he'd abstain from any vote involving Mexico.
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