Bachmann’s office is a top spender in the first quarter

June 19th, 2009 – 8:42 AM by Eric Roper

A Politico story and graphic this morning on the budgets of members of Congress revealed that Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is the third-highest spender among her colleagues in the House of Representatives so far this year. Before April, Bachmann spent $380,637, which the story notes is $100,000 more than the average in the House during the first quarter. Her annual budget of 1.4 million, known as the Member’s Representational Allowance, is ranked 12th out of the 441 members of the House (including non-voting members).

The highest expenses have been printing and franked mail, totalling more than $100,000, which Bachmann’s chief of staff told the paper was the result of them sending out their largest mailing early in the year.

17 Responses to "Bachmann’s office is a top spender in the first quarter"

SgtPendleton says:

June 19th, 2009 at 8:54 am

…come on Eric — I know that if you looked harder you could find some bat-sh1t crazy quote from the Imami of Bachmannistan…like how the Fed is not a legitimate institution, or that you’re not legally required to pay taxes.

monty says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:28 am

Bachmann, Bachmann, Bachmann. Sorry Sarge, but I’m sick of all the media play our 6th District Rep gets, be it for the “bat-sh1t crazy” things that come out of her mouth or for where she ranks in terms of spending among her peers in the House. Jeez, with all the attention she gets, you’d think she was Brett Favre or something…

Jay says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 am

okay….i give up….can somebody tell me what franked mail is?

monty says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:56 am

Jay, it’s offical mail sent by members of Congress and other authorized gov’t officials.

monty says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:57 am

Ooooops, make that “official mail”

adlib says:

June 19th, 2009 at 10:15 am

“can anybody tell me what franked mail is?”

Free use of the US postal sytem by elected House and Senate Rep’s….up to a point.

adlib says:

June 19th, 2009 at 10:20 am

Of course use of franking priviledges to diseminate lies, calumny and slander should be subject to the same postal regulation as ordinary mail.

Jay says:

June 19th, 2009 at 10:24 am

“Of course use of franking priviledges to diseminate lies, calumny and slander should be subject to the same postal regulation as ordinary mail.”

What would they have left to send out? In my opinion, enforcement of that would drop the cost to near zero.

Dora says:

June 19th, 2009 at 10:47 am

they aren’t suppose to use franked mail for campaigning. But that is all in the eye of the beholder. That’s why at election time you get a crapload of stuff from them touting what they’ve accomplished or are working on. It really is campaigning, they just don’t say “vote for my re-election” on it, and that’s how they get around it.

installer44 says:

June 19th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Come on. So we are all tired of politics as usual, but you all rip one of the few who is different. I say Bachmann is what we need, we need more of her. Her, McCaul and a FEW others being in Washington is the only thing keeping us from going the way of the Romans.

monty says:

June 19th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

“So we are all tired of politics as usual, but you all rip one of the few who is different.”

True, but different, in Bachmann’s case, means, as Sarge likes to say, bat-sh1t crazy. This type of “difference” will not keep us from going the way of the Romans.
Interesting that you use McCollum’s name in the same sentence as Bachmann’s. Other than being of the same gender, they couldn’t be dissimilar.

monty says:

June 19th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Other than being of the same gender, they couldn’t be more dissimilar.

There, fixed it.

monty says:

June 19th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Other than being of the same gender, they couldn’t be more dissimilar.

There, fixed it.

dare2sayit.com says:

June 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Liberals just can’t stand conservative women, can they….

adlib says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

“Before April, Bachmann spent $380,637, which the story notes is $100,000 more than the average in the House during the first quarter.”

Well nobody said trying to prevent State and Federally funded North Star light rail corridor, largely in MB’s district, from being compeleted as far as Big Lake wouldn’t entail extra expense.

After that becomes a reality then there’s no preventing illegal aliens, for a few dollars fare, from knocking at the gate of D2′s compound.

dare2sayit.com says:

June 20th, 2009 at 5:23 am

“After that becomes a reality then there’s no preventing illegal aliens, for a few dollars fare, from knocking at the gate of D2’s compound.”

If it’s anything like the light rail boondoggle, you pay on the honor system which means the scum get shuffled around for free at taxpayers expense. There no question that when rail comes to Elk River and Big Lake, crime will go up dramatically.

adlib says:

June 20th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

“If it’s anything like the light rail boondoggle, you pay on the honor system which means the scum get shuffled around for free at taxpayers expense.”

Looks like the transit commission could use a few volunteer conductors, like the Minutemen. Semi-conductors? Anyway any rider who can’t produce a paid ticket receipt in your neck of the woods would be subject to enhanced interrogation down at the station as to why that might be.

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