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Lawmakers Bill Taxpayers For TVs, Cameras, Lexus

WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings spent $24,730 in taxpayer money last year to lease a 2008 luxury Lexus hybrid sedan. Ohio Rep. Michael Turner expensed a $1,435 digital camera. Eni Faleomavaega, the House delegate from American Samoa, bought two 46-inch Sony TVs.

The expenditures were legal, properly accounted for and drawn from allowances the U.S. government grants to lawmakers. Equipment purchased with office expense accounts must be returned to the House or the federal General Services Administration when a lawmaker leaves office.


But as British politicians come under widening scorn for spending public money on everything from candy bars to moat-dredging, an examination of U.S. lawmakers' expense claims shows Washington's elected officials have also used public funds for eye-catching purchases.

U.S. politicians, unlike their counterparts in Great Britain, can't bil

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Added: May-31-2009 Occurred On: May-31-2009
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  • LOL, my taxdollars are buying flatscreens in the American Samoa. Funny? Yes Surprising? Nope.

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  • Each member of congress should have exactly the same number of paid staff, all working for the same money. They could be considered government employees and paid as such, taking the responsibility for their salaries away from the member of congress.

    Each member should be given the exact same budget for office expenses.

    If they want more staff, they pay for it.
    If they want more office expenses, they pay for it.

    I would agree to paying for their travel to and from home twice a year. More..

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  • No wonder they're leveling more and more taxes on us. You know that now all companies are required to keep records of everything you do at work so they can tax you if you make personal calls or surf the internet on company time? They can't figure out how to manage that many records, but they're doggedly working on it. Greedy bastards.

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  • Go America. It's worked in the UK it will work there too.

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