For all the talk we heard before the Tea Party swept the House in 2010 of fiscal conservatism and less government spending, facts matter. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas launched his platform with the Senate Tea Party caucus centered on cutting government spending and reducing the federal debt. But talk is cheap.
USA Today reports:
That hasn’t stopped Moran from spending more from his congressional office budget than any other senator in fiscal 2012, according to Senate financial records. Moran had spent all but $18,000 of his almost $3 million annual office budget through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The numbers are not final because late bills will arrive for all senators for as much as two years.”
But that’s cool because his spokeswoman states he needs to spend more for travel expenses to “meet his constituents.” Those would be the same constituents that voted him in because he campaigned on not being a spendthrift.
This isn’t to suggest that Democrats did not spend heavily, but this does imply that Republicans voting for less spending have been hoodwinked in this case. In fact, most of the Senators with money left over by the end of the year were Republicans.
Moran rose to the influential position of chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in a unanimous vote by his Republican colleagues . Moran’s key position was to help his political counterparts gain control of the Senate in the midterm elections. One of the colleagues Moran is supposed to help raise money for is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. And he’s going to need all the help he can get. McConnell is America’s least favorite Senator is recent polling.