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Vern Buchanan tops House in use of taxpayer-funded mailers

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July

vernbuchanan.jpgFrom a Washington Post story about budget hawks who spend liberally on tax-payer funded mailers:

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.),  for instance, voted against a proposal to raise the federal debt ceiling without spending reductions attached.

Since then, Buchanan has said that “the time is now for Washington to make the tough choices.”

In the first quarter of 2011, House records show, Buchanan spent $142,198 on mailings and other means of mass communication. That was more than any other representative, and about 19 times the average expenditure of $7,500. Among his colleagues, 209 representatives got by without spending any money in that quarter, according to House records.

[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 3:51pm]

    

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