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King's privilege right?
ALG President Bill Wilson today sent a letter to the House Ethics Committee today questioning Michigan CD6 Fred Upton's use of taxpayer paid franked mail to tout his political rating by the NRA to his constituents. The letter suggests Upton could well afford to campaign on his own dime without the use of taxpayer dollars:
"To be clear, if Mr. Upton had chosen to write about specific legislation mentioning key organizations who supported or opposed it as part of his rationale to his constituents as to why he voted a certain way, that would be inside the lines. However, putting out what can only be called a "campaign" piece using taxpayer funds is repugnant.Sense of entitlement, indeed.
Once bitten by the entitlement bug, its hard to shake I suppose. Stamps for Christmas cards, or pictures of hunting folk carrying guns to posture for support. All paid for with the sweat from taxpayer brows. Upton for his part, has defended his actions already, claiming the money he DIDN'T spend shows he is a fiscal hawk."
"Again this year, I will be returning money to the treasury that I could spend," Upton said."Oh.
Then there is nothing to see here. Move along.
The recent hubbub regarding Republican activist, and current Cheboygan County drain commissioner Dennis Lennox and the improper use use of taxpayer funds to provide postage for some campaign greetings sent out begs the clarity of both forethought and hindsight. Clarity, with regard to ALL elected or otherwise government created positions or offices where tax revenue is used to either push an agenda or reward support.
Is his act so very different than that of a grant provided for an interested concern that provides feet on the ground for the reelection efforts of a particular party? Does it stand out so much as a payback to a particular industry that has a long time bias towards promoting "progressive" change? What of serious policy decisions made on the people's behalf that carries untruths so that it may receive MORE of the peoples money in grants and support for its scientific research?
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