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
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.

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