Over at the AJC, Jamie Dupree notes that some members of Congress are spending rather lavishly on the taxpayer dime to lease cars (emphasis mine):
My review of what’s called the “Statement of Disbursements” from the House shows that at least 87 members of the House used money to lease some kind of vehicle for their official work.
Some of those 87 were frugal with your tax dollars – the lowest lease that I could find was by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who paid $219 per month to get a vehicle from Acme Auto Leasing.
At the other end of the scale, there were some much larger numbers for those who made a lump sum payment on their vehicle.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina, spent $24,259.64 on an automobile lease with White’s Chevrolet Cadillac, according to his office expense figures. Those payments are usually for a two-year lease, so that works out to just over $1,000 per month for a vehicle.
Also making a big payment was Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, who spent $23,733.85 on a two year automobile lease with Sandy Springs Toyota in his home state, just under $1,000 per month.
Rep. Price often speaks about the need to decrease federal spending. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with that sentiment; but I don’t see how he can justify spending that much on a car. Price is opening himself up for some very appropriate criticism.
Price isn’t the only member from Georgia spending taxpayer money on cars, though his is the more egregious example. Here are how other members from Georgia are spending:
- Hank Johnson: $650.42
- John Lewis: $578.21
- David Scott: $519.40
- Phil Gingrey: $470.88