Posted: 5:21 pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Paul Broun and Jack Kingston get in the franking act, too 

By Daniel Malloy

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WASHINGTON – We told you this morning about Rep. Phil Gingrey’s use of taxpayer funded mailers to promote his stance on immigration. Further digging shows the other two Congressmen in the Republican U.S. Senate race have taken advantage of the franking privilege as well.

Above you’ll find a page of Jack Kingston’s December newsletter, which includes a section entitled “Obamacare” in which Kingston states, in bold type: “I will not rest until this legislation is fully repealed.” This came around the time his Senate campaign was under fire after Kingston suggested he would be willing to work on fixes to the law.

Kingston also put out federally funded Facebook ads last year, directing visitors to his official Facebook account with images including a rifle. The text states: “I am fighting to protect your 2nd Amendment rights. LIKE my page to get important updates!”

In January taxpayers paid for a radio ad for Rep. Paul Broun to inform listeners about an official town hall meeting in Dacula. Broun said: “I also want to hear your thoughts on my legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Patient Option Act.”

Gingrey spokesman Cameron Harley said the immigration flier advertising a no-amnesty approach was not about gaining a political advantage:

“Following the President’s recent State of the Union Response and January’s annual GOP Member Retreat, Rep. Gingrey has received nearly five times as many immigration related inquiries as in previous months. In order to gather feedback and properly promulgate his stance on the topic, the Congressman reached out to constituents with a routine franked mail letter.

“In-step with previous franked mail from his office, its content was certified by the House Franking Commission as a measure which effectively aids the Congressman in performing his constitutional duties – rather than gaining a political foothold. Facilitating timely and effective responses to constituent concerns is a responsibility that Congressman Gingrey takes very seriously, and will continue to as long as he holds public office.”

Data compiled by WSB-TV’s Justin Gray show Broun has been the most avid user of federally funded mass mailings. Since 2010, Broun has sent $332,019 worth of mass mailings, to Gingrey’s $61,974 and Kingston’s $41,968.

31 comments
DannyX
DannyX

Broun has flooded his district with so many flyers that its about to tip over!

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

With their whining and lying about the ACA, what else can we expect?  Franking is a federally-funded way of campaigning for them that is wrong, period, but these Elephants will do anything, as they prove over and over.  Is the Republican-led House going to challenge them for abusing this privilege?  No, because this whole party will steal, cheat, and lie their way to the November elections.

DannyX
DannyX

The response from the "Taxed Enough Already" crowd is hilarious!  Instead of calling out the Republican hypocrites they bring up Hank Johnson and play the "they do it too card."  


Broun is by far the biggest phony.  That's ok though, he can just go on one of his crazy "thems are socialists" rants and you guys will be right there cheering him on.

DS
DS

I actually don't mind politicians using franking privileges to send flyers and letters to constituents. Used properly, it gives constituents a quick snapshot of what's going on and how the representative feels about things.

I might take exception to some of the representative's views, but I appreciate the effort to communicate and stay engaged.

I can't stand representatives who don't communicate, aren't engaged and never seem to do anything.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Data compiled by WSB-TV’s Justin Gray show Broun has been the most avid user of federally funded mass mailings. Since 2010, Broun has sent $332,019 worth of mass mailings, to Gingrey’s $61,974 and Kingston’s $41,968.

Mooching off the taxpayers

Just sayin'. "

Yes and the libs never, ever do this????  Please.  The moonbat Hank Johnson sent me a couple of mailers asking to support the moron.  I called his office and politely told them that I was in the 6th district and not the 4th.  The response:  "Are you sure"?  I told them to quit sending them to me because all the mailers were causing my garbage can to tip over to which, of course, the lady had no clue to what I was talking about.  So congratulations you clowns in the 4th district for having the worst rep in the state.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Kingston is not up on his facts, president Obama and his family have been required to join the ACA since it swaps passed in 2010. So was Biden. So was even every member of congress and the senate and their staff member. It has been determined that she all go into the DC small business marketplace, since their small business owner is still making their 72% contribution. The employees are only having to pay 28% of their premiums. Members of congress who are over 65' are being kicked off and told to sign up for Medicare parts ABCD, and either a Medicare advantGe program or a supplemental medi gap policy. Psince the HICA does not cover member who have Medicare. It is also telling members who spouses who are mcovered by other spouse plans obtained through their employers that the spouse must obtain coverage through their spouse . The coverages are turning out to be a very good plan to some of the lower paid staff office employees, as they are finding them self eligible for much owner rates and even subsides.

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honested
honested

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act phases in allowing American Citizens to be sure they are actually covered for medical catastrophes, what will the wrong wing have as their daily whine focus?

They must realize the American Health Care Service Payers will eventually realize the real problem is the parasitic, predatory, for-profit health insurance industry and adjust their attention appropriately.

When that occurs, the flow of funds to the wrong-wing incompetents in Congress will slow to a trickle as the American health care finance system advances to equal what is available in most of the free world.


That leaves Kingston and his ilk out in the cold, doesn't it?

BigHat
BigHat

Check here if you believe these are all lies straight from the pit of H*ll.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Absolutely nothing new here - every Democrat does the EXACT same thing.  Bogus blogs today meant as red meat for the habitual AJC Democrat posters and readers.

findog
findog

This is nothing

When I was stuck with Graves in the 9th he sent six letters the week before the election to me, the wife, the people that owned the house eight years before, my nickname the wife’s name

And that was just before his first primary after being in office for less than six months

Deal might have sent six letters in his last six years in office

The franking privilege is one “waste, fraud, and abuse” cut congress will never pass 

PSWallace
PSWallace

This is truly shocking. If we don't get this under control, this attitude of using government resources to aid reelection efforts could spiral out of control, reaching levels such as the President using Air Force One to fly himself to fundraisers. Luckily, we are not there yet, as far as politicians being a modern nobility, and I do count my blessings that things have not yet devolved to the point where public officials use emergency lanes to speed themselves to non-essential media interviews while others are trapped in traffic.

Kamchak
Kamchak

When franking is outlawed, only outlaws will frank.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

I thought Newton Leroy and Republicans stopped using"franking" last century with the bashing they did about it.  On the other hand, I thought the Bush Administration and Social-Conservatives had funded the fence for the southern borders, based on all the money that they appropriated.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Data compiled by WSB-TV’s Justin Gray show Broun has been the most avid user of federally funded mass mailings. Since 2010, Broun has sent $332,019 worth of mass mailings, to Gingrey’s $61,974 and Kingston’s $41,968.

Mooching off the taxpayers

Just sayin'.

Charles50
Charles50

@DS  I like to stay informed as well, but I bet Constant Contact is cheaper than mailers.  Grant it everyone does not have email, but I would imagine that the vast majority of constituents do.  

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

Another wrong-winger who didn't get the joke about excessive military presence on Guam. I guess for you guys there is no limit to the amount of money that can be wasted on the MIC.

Of course, I apparently share something with you. I was in the 4th until mitch sebaugh and that boob fran millar had me moved into the district represented by the only malpractitioner not running for the Senate.

NWGAL
NWGAL

This spending of federal money by Republican politicians who scream day and night about waste in government spending is very much like Family Values politicians having affairs outside of marriage. Maybe many politicians spend $300,000 of taxpayer money on fliers and prostitutes, but those who preach loudly should try to live what they preach.

Charles50
Charles50

@The_Centrist  And yet you, not a Democrat stop by every single day to make the same lame comment.  Don't you get tired of it yourself?

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@The_Centrist  Maybe every Democrat does it too...Maybe...but they don't go around preaching about cutting every necessary government program because there is no money and then go spend $300K on sending out campaign materials on the taxpayer dime. Yes they may use franking, but they are not hypocrites about it. Do you get that point Mr no clue what a centrist is?


Chris30338
Chris30338

The_Centrist 2 hours agoAbsolutely nothing new here - every Democrat does the EXACT same thing.

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Put up or shut up!

Kamchak
Kamchak

...every Democrat does the EXACT same thing.


Got proof?

And please show your work, sport.

Thanks in advance.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Absolutely nothing new here

Irony thy name is centrist.....

honested
honested

@findog  

I seem to remember this guy named Nut Getrich who was elected on solving that problem (among others).

What happened?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Sure glad that there were no other Presidents, specifically those with four letter words making their last name, including the letters B and S, who ever used Air Force One to go to fundraisers, or used teleprompters, or took v\acations to play golf.

It's good you're on top of your game, Mr. Wallace, rasing these objections...

honested
honested

@CuriousPrime  

Oops, I didn't read this before I replied above, but you are absolutely correct sir.

I can't help but wonder why former Speaker Jabba is still able to speak in public without either laughing or crying.

PSWallace
PSWallace

Speaking of being on top of a game...What I most remember about the most recent Bush and recreational activities was the column Maureen Dowd once wrote excoriating him for taking two-hour bike rides, when he should be managing the war. I doubt a smiliar one has been written since 2009, though since I don't ever quite find the time to read a NYT columnist, I really wouldn't know.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@CherokeeCountySpeaking of Air force, GWB was an F-102 pilot who logged some 336 hours flight time.  Not all that many but, I believe, that was several more than the present TSAR.  How many hours did TSAR BHO log during his time in the air force.  What's that?  You say he didn't serve in the Air Force?  Not even the Reserves? Not even in the Military?  Oh, I see, that's what made him the better Commander-In-Chief because he had no preconceived notions about the military.  Uh, huh, sho' nuff'

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

I would point you to a comparison of Bush's vacation time vs Obama's, as well as their respective use of Air Force 1, but you're not really interested anyway...

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

F-102 pilot who logged some 336 hours flight time.

Yeah, proudly guarding the skies of Alabama while my uncle fought and was severely injured in Nam...