Our Congressman Tom McClintock likes to rail against government spending, but he is among the biggest spenders around when it comes to Congressional mass mailings to promote himself back home, according to an Associated Press survey.
All told, the 54 House members, including McClintock, spent more than $11 million in taxpayer money communicating with their constituents, “using it for everything from live teleconferences to postage and printing for slick, colorful newsletters,” the AP said.
McClintock spent $380,691 in Congressional mailings last year, ranking him six in Congress, according to the AP survey. This includes postage, printing and reproduction for mass mailings as well as robo-calls and telephone calls with constituents.
Our household can attest to regular robo-calls at the dinner hour.
“Freshman members of Congress are using a perk to blanket districts with mass mailings and other messages to promote themselves back home, particularly those in this year’s tightest election contests,” the AP reported.
In our district, McClintock won election in a tight race against Democrat Charlie Brown, and actually lost to Brown in our county.
The mailers sent by the Congressmen “tended to feature photos that took up much of the space. Issues were frequently dispensed within a few sentences, often in slogan-like ways familiar to listeners of campaign ads,” the AP said.
The local media subscribes to the AP news wire, but I have not seen this reported by them.