"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers
between June and October. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for
Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter.
And Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), a fiscal conservative, decided to give about $2,000
in unused office funds back to the government to help reduce the deficit.
These expenditures – culled from thousands of line items released Monday by
the Chief Administrative Officer of the House – are just a fraction of the $300
million spent last quarter by House offices. But while the bulk of congressional
office spending goes to salaries and routine office expenses, some of the line
items offer a window into the personalities and priorities of each congressional
Monday, November 30, 2009
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:02 PM