Letter: Kline should pay for his mailingsTo the Editor: Congressman John Kline is hitting the franking privilege awfully hard lately. In just the past month or so I’ve received six mailings from his office — all of them gratuitously political.
By: Chris Kimble, Pine Island, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Congressman John Kline is hitting the franking privilege awfully hard lately. In just the past month or so I’ve received six mailings from his office — all of them gratuitously political. These political puff pieces were “prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.” So says the obligatory disclosure that appears on this franked (postage-free) mail.
Does anyone besides me think it’s wrong to bill the taxpayer for political self-promotion? Even though the production costs are shared — these full-color, professionally produced brochures are no doubt used by other House Republicans — the mailing costs must be horrendous. How many households are there in the 2nd Congressional District, maybe 200,000? That’s 1.2 million mailings, just in the past few weeks.
Kline would argue that these mailings are meant to inform his constituents about the important work Congress is doing. Oh, sure. Then why do the mailings shout out claims like these, in large type at the top of the pages:
“Congressman John Kline ... Working for You.”
“Congressman John Kline is working to stop government waste.”
“Congressman John Kline is here to help.”
“Congressman John Kline is making health care more affordable for Minnesota families.”
“John Kline is working for solutions to bring down the cost of gas.”
“Congressman John Kline … Fighting the waste in Washington to keep taxes low and our economy strong.”
Congressman Kline can’t be working very hard at fighting government waste, as he claims, when he’s contributing to it so mightily by funding his re-election campaign with taxpayer dollars. He should come clean, give us a clear accounting of what these mailings really cost, and repay the amount to the U.S. Treasury.
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