Hey Big Spender: Tea Party Senator spent more of his office budget in the 2012 fiscal year than any other senator

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.

But I have a great idea if spending is the key issue; cut their paychecks and benefits if our elected officials continue down the path of actually doing nothing for the people that voted them in. But we all know that that is  not going to happen, nor is it even possible. Consider it my Christmas fantasy. Don’t judge me.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616483263 Cathy Rodriguez

    this article is very misleading, first you say this senator spent more then any other, then you slam Democrats, saying that more Republicans had money left over??? If this Senator spent the most, then Democrats also had money left over, since this Republican had money left over. Please get your facts straight and stop trying to mislead people!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

      Oh I see. I should have left significant parts out, such as the fact the Democrats spent heavily also. Thanks for the tip.

      • Biting Reality

        Maybe she is a recent graduate of the Roger Ailes School of FOX “Fair and Balanced” Journalism

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.biel.5 Michael Biel

      The difference between this guy spending nearly $3 million for office
      expenses and Democrats nearly as much is that they did not campaign on
      being frugal. This guy did.

    • http://www.facebook.com/larry.phares Larry Phares

      I’m not sure how it’s “misleading”. The article is simply talking about how one Senator, who ran on a platform of fiscal reduction, spent more than the others. I think adding that Democrats, overall, spent more is best for transparency because the article is not saying Democrats do not do this or that Republicans spend more than Democrats, it’s saying THIS one, particular Republican spent the most.
      Also, there was no “Slam” on Democrats. Just a statement that it (the article) should not be construed to mean that Democrats do not do the same thing.

  • TKnTexas

    Why are the expenditures noted? Facts?

    • http://www.facebook.com/larry.phares Larry Phares

      If you follow the hyperlink to the original article it cites the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. Do a little leg work and all will become clear.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BPOZY4GCW6D5TWRVALB2SHN4CU Bonnie

    Just make sure they can’t go over budget! spent it all….tough luck…pay for it out of your campaign funds.

  • Peter Gatliff

    Coming from the same guy that wants to kick kids off Food Stamps. No fit to be in office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000189794191 Douglas Johnson

    Jerry Moran makes me ashamed of Kansas.