Rep. Paul Hodes has spent more than $235,000 in taxpayer money to print and send mass mailers across his district in the first half of this year, an amount that tops what all but a fraction of congressmen have spent on such mail in recent years. All told, in less than two years in Congress, Hodes has sent out more than a million pieces of mass mail.
Federal law allows congressmen to tap their office budgets to send mail to their constituents, but in an election year the colorful, glossy mailers could easily be mistaken for campaign pamphlets.
Hodes may end up spending more of your money to make himself look good than any Member of Congress did last year:
In the first two quarters of 2008, Hodes has spent more than all but a handful of his colleagues did in 2006 and 2007, according to press accounts and compilations by the National Taxpayers Union. In 2006, said Taxpayers Union spokesman Pete Sepp, only 19 congressmen had postal budgets bigger than what Hodes has in 2008 to date.