Abusing what is known as “the franking privilege”, Jim Moran has sent out thousands of campaign mailers to constituents in the 8th District with the following words written in fine print:
“This mailer was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense.”
Unbelievable. He’s campaigning with our tax dollars. The franking privilege allows members of Congress to send out informative mailers at taxpayers’ expense. These mailers are clearly not informative, they are advertising. These mailers can’t be cheap; it’s an eight page double-sided booklet explaining his stances on various issues, services his office provides, and all the things he’s spending our money on in Congress. Postage must be very expensive. His office may claim it’s a service to his constituents, but it’s obvious that it’s not.
The franking privilege is abused by members of Congress from both parties, and that’s another reason why the American people are so angry with out-of-touch incumbents like Jim Moran.
Below are a couple of scans from the mailer. Click to see the full sized image.
Opening letter that shows what Moran has been doing.
- Partial list of tax dollars Jim Moran has used.
This isn’t the first time Moran has done something like this. In early June, the popular blog about Virginia politics, Not Larry Sabato, which is quite liberal, criticized Moran for using taxpayer dollars to campaign. He was referencing “Congressman Moran on Demand,” a series of videos made for “constituent outreach”. Here’s what he said:
Cable companies are now allowing Congressman to create infomercials to put on TV in the “On Demand” channel. Jim Moran has taken advantage of this first with some nice looking, well produced content. They are calling it “Jim Moran On Demand”. I think this is an absolutely horrible idea. Incumbents already have plenty of advantages, without getting their own channel for propaganda on local cable TV…
….These videos are produced at taxpayer expense from the office account, and paid for through the same account which they do mailings through.
(Source: Not Larry Sabato)