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Sunday, 13th June 2010

Sunlight Reporting Group Finds House Members Spent More Than $673 Million for Office Expenses in Last Half of 2009

Sunlight Reporting Group Finds House Members Spent More Than $673 Million for Office Expenses in Last Half of 2009
Source: Sunlight Foundation

House members and committee offices spent more than $673 million in the last half of 2009 on salaries for staff, travel and outside vendors, according to a Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group analysis of six months of congressional spending data released by the House Clerk's Office.

This analysis was facilitated by the Sunlight Foundationís online searchable database of congressional expenditures that allows you to track how lawmakers spent their Member Representational Allowances, which are federal funds allocated to support expenses such as staff salaries, official travel and administrative supplies.

According to Sunlightís analysis, the corporation that received the most money in the last half of 2009 was CDW Government Inc., which earned over $8 million for computer-related services provided to the House. Among the top ten companies that do business with the House, three are companies that supply technology, followed by phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The full analysis, including a ranking of which corporations received the most money, is online at http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2010/housedisbursements/.


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