Republican freshmen who came to Congress last year promising to transform Washington's free-spending culture are no different from most other lawmakers in at least one respect: They mailed out millions of taxpayer-funded flyers and brochures during their first year in office which the tax payers pay for.
GOP freshmen sent more than 25.6 million pieces of unsolicited mail last year at a cost of nearly $9.8 million, according to a review of records compiled by the chief administrative officer of the House.
The figures cover only the nine months from April 1 to Dec. 31. Prior to that, mass mailings were not broken out from other taxpayer-financed mass communications allowed under the congressional franking rule. The costs include the expense of producing the piece and the price of postage.
•Of the 10 lawmakers who spent the most taxpayer money on franked mail, eight were GOP freshmen. Of the 25 who spent the most, 18 were GOP freshmen. Republicans Joe Heck of Nevada ($319,251), Bobby Schilling of Illinois ($293,021) and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee ($282,385) topped the list.
About 80 percent of House members — 347 — sent unsolicited mail. Those who sent none included seven of the 87 GOP freshmen and one freshman Democrat.
" We have to cut back on wasteful spending and entitlements" - Mitch McConnell [R]
" We cant spent more than we are taking in"-John Boehner [R]
Why does Obama keep giving away free cell phones !
That damn Obama is breaking the bank!
And your senate democrats shot every cost saving idea the republicans had.
Obama says he wants cuts......and he just says that, just talk. He wants more money to spend, even a liberal can see that.