WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance sent almost 1.2 million pieces of mail to constituents at taxpayer expense in the first three months of 2010.
Lance, a Republican representing towns in Union, Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties, sent 1,163,665 pieces of mail, or an average of more than four per household, to voters in his district between Jan. 3 and March 31, at a cost of $131,324.48. The average mailing cost taxpayers 49 cents each.
Lance sent more than three times as many pieces per household than the average New Jersey congressman. Rep. John Adler, a south Jersey Democrat, was the next most prolific user of the Post Office – he sent out 799,291 pieces of mail at a cost of $191,729.66. Other central Jersey representatives sent out less mail – Frank Pallone sent 556,331 pieces at a cost of $65,984.89; Donald Payne mailed 254,012 pieces at a cost of $56,923.42 and Albio Sires sent 111,154 pieces costing $24,448.72.
Lance, Payne and Sires each spent $1.3 million last year to run their offices in Washington, D.C. and in New Jersey. Pallone spent $1.2 million.
Since 1964 Congress has been required by law to publish the Statement of Disbursements, which is a quarterly public report of all receipts and expenditures for Members of Congress, Committees, Leadership, House Officers and Offices of the House of Representatives. The reports can be examined at http://disbursements.house.gov/ The Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan group dedicated to promoting transparency in government, has taken the information and assembled searchable databases which can be found at http://sunlightfoundation.com/
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