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Thursday, June 10, 2010

House Expenses

Our Congress chapter explains that the institution is a complex organization with many employees and offices. As the Sunlight Foundation reports, running the House is expensive:

In the final month of fiscal year 2009, House committees and offices went on a shopping spree, spending more than $60 million left in their budgets before it disappeared. More than $12 million went towards purchasing computer hardware, which could include new laptops and desktops.

According to a Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group analysis of six months of congressional spending data released by the House Clerk's Office, House members and various committee offices spent more than $673 million in the last half of 2009 on salaries for staff, travel and outside vendors, who help with everything from tracking constituent information to providing cell phone service and bottled water.

Sunlight's database on House expenditures is here.