In the age of technology, thousands often spent on Congressional mailings

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by David Alan

WVEC.com

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 2:19 PM

NORFOLK -- With all the ways we can instantly communicate with each other, some lawmakers in Washington are still spending thousands of dollars on mail that you pay to have sent.

It's called the franking privilege and is meant to help Congress conduct official business.

But a lot of mass mailers often look like political pieces.

Following his election, Rep. Scott Rigell (R-2nd D.) promised to push back against this type of spending in Washington. He promised to send just two pieces -- nothing slick, nothing glossy, nothing filled with accolades.

"I believe in leadership by example," he said.

13News found information from the House Franking Commission on how much taxpayer money Rigell and others in Congress used to send political mailers to keep constitutents information. That's tonight beginning on 13News at 5.

 

 

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