Wednesday, December 9

Steve Kagen Tops Big Office Spender

Lakeshore Laments reports:

For the first time ever, you can now find out how much your individual Congressman is spending in his Congressional office without making a special trip to Washington. So, with that weapons cache in tow, bloggers and journalists have been pouring over the report available either at the Office of the House's Chief Administrative Officer or the Sunlight Foundation. Some of them -- like this one in New Mexico -- have begun compiling lists of the biggest Congressional spenders for the third quarter of 2009.

At the top: Appleton's own Steve Kagen.

According to the report, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of Santa Fe spent more than $337,000 on his office between June and September and $808,000 in the first nine months of the year. That seems like a lot, but it’s less than New Mexico’s other two congressmen. Martin Heinrich of Albuquerque spent more than $343,000 for the quarter and $908,000 for January through September, while Harry Teague of Hobbs spent more than $352,000 the last quarter and more than $899,000 as of the end of September.

The most expensive offices in Congress are those of Reps. Steve Kagen, D-Wisc., who spent $452,000 in the last quarter, Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who spent $449,000, and Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., who spent $445,000.
In actuality, Kagen's office spent $452,596. Congressional offices get a total of $1.5 million to spend for the entire fiscal year.