AUSITNB (KXAN) - Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said Wednesday that she donated the pay she received during her 22-day jail stay for driving drunk to the signature organization that fights drunken driving.
"I'm going to make that donation to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers because that's an organization that I've been working with for 30 years," Lehmberg told reporters. "And, they do wonderful work."
The statement came the same day the attorney calling on the Austin Democrat to resign released the response he received from the DA's office regarding Lehmberg's pay while she served the jail time for the DWI she received in April.
The office said that Lehmberg did collect her pay, which amounts to $13,358.16 a month before any deductions, while she was in custody. That means the donation to MADD comes to about $9,700.
Lehmberg also said in her statement that she asked the state comptroller's office and the state auditor if her pay could be sent back to taxpayers.
"There really isn't a mechanism for that," Lehmberg said she was told. "But I have determined that this is a way that I can make sure that the taxpayer money that I was paid while I was in jail for DWI goes back to a good source --to Mother's Against Drunk Drivers who do wonderful work for this community."
MADD said they were informed Wednesday by Lehmberg's office of the donation.
"All donations or court-ordered fines received by MADD are put towards our efforts to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking," the group said in a statement. "MADD is committed to eliminating drunk driving, a 100 percent preventable crime that kills nearly 10,000 people and injures another 315,000 people nationwide each year."
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