Congress Spends $1B on Own Expenses Taxpayers pay for coffee, plane tickets, oh, and drapes By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jul 21, 2010 12:48 PM CDT 25 comments Comments Dennis Hastert still got $362,939 to run an office, even though he hasn't been in congress since 2007. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey) (Newser) – Congress spends a whole lot of taxpayer money keeping itself stocked with paperclips. According to figures assembled by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, Congress spent $1,013,162,955 on its own expenses from June 2009 to March 2010. Aol News pored over the findings, and pulled out some choice expenditures. Like: $114,925 for the Democratic Caucus' retreat in Williamsburg $51.6 million to pay 637 chiefs of staff and deputy chiefs of staff $12.6 million to pay staff member's student loans $362,939 to pay for ex-speaker (and current lobbyist) Dennis Hastert's office $7.5 million on office supplies $317,304 for new drapes $604,000 for bottled water $84,794 paid to companies specializing in coffee $11 million spent on newspapers (hey, at least someone's buying them) $12.5 million spent on travel, for an average 45 trip expenditures per representative For much, much more, check out the source here.