TRENTON – Ed Potosnak, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th District, challenged Leonard Lance to disclose the total amount of taxpayer money he has spent in 2010 and proposed legislation that would put an end to campaigning at taxpayer expense at a press conference at the State House.
“Instead of voting to help small businesses create jobs, Leonard Lance is spending taxpayer dollars producing slick campaign brochures to help himself get re-elected,” said Potosnak. “Career politicians have a sense of entitlement and are more interested in keeping their job than doing the job the were elected to do – representing us and helping Americans get back to work.”
A Statement of Disbursements by the United States House of Representatives recently showed that Congressman Lance spent over $131,000 of taxpayer dollars to send out 1.2 million pieces of mail in the first three months of 2010 alone.
“Voters, already cynical about whether government works for them, find this type of abuse of taxpayer money confirmation that career politicians in Washington just don’t get it. Instead of voting to keep struggling families looking for work in an economy that has record unemployment, my opponent is using the taxpayers dime to try to keep his job.”
Potosnak proposed legislation to put an end to career politicians campaigning at taxpayer expense. The measures would require every mailing over 500 pieces to print the total coast of printing, producing and postage on each piece of mail. Additionally, each piece would list the total amount of money spent so far by that member of congress on mail.
“My proposed legislation would help put an end to career politicians campaigning at taxpayer expense. I’m a science teacher, not a career politician. I’m running to support small businesses add jobs to our economy, support education and invest in research and development to get our economy back on track. America needs to get its edge back and we can start by ridding Congress of career politicians who care more about saving their job than creating jobs for the rest of us.”
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