I spent most of yesterday watching Twitter traffic relating to the Deadbeat MnGOP’s State Convention in St. Cloud, where there was plenty of bleating about “fiscal responsibility.” Yeah, “right.” One tweet I sent: How pathetic has the #MnGOP become? When asking if they paid their #mngop12 tab before splitting town is a serious question. #StribPol
So I go out to the mailbox yesterday, and what do I find in it? A 12 x 8 1/2 inch, full color “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” sent from none other than Postage Stamp Paulsen.
This is the front – and at 12 inches by 8 1/2 inches, it’s too big to make a full scan of it, let alone a full screenshot – let’s look!
Hey, if Paulsen’s past record of “spen(ding) more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail” is any prediction on what ol’ Postage Stamp has planned for, in this cycle, well – I guess we ARE in for a tidal wave of taxpayer paid mailers, here in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District…
Here’s a screenshot from the back side o’ Postage Stamp’s taxpayer paid “Public Document”…
“Government spending is out of control.”??!? No, it’s Paulsen’s spending that is out of control.
“…eliminate wasteful federal programs.”??!? You mean, like, the program that lets Paulsen send out “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” and got Paulsen named – by name! – in an editorial in Herdersonveille, North Carolina? A link to the full editorial is below; here’s the ending line:
Such spending should be eliminated. If politicians want to send glossy, self-promoting pamphlets about themselves, they can pay for them themselves.
And it’s not like Paulsen can’t afford to pay for these mailers himself; his latest FEC Campaign Finance Filing shows Paulsen’s sitting on almost $1.3 million.
Look, Erik Paulsen first door knocked me back in 1994; I didn’t like his politics then and I dam sure don’t like them now. Link to Act Blue and help out Brian Barnes beat Paulsen this November.
Now, way back, up on top of this post, there’s a .gif that morphs from Paulsen to Bachmann. That’s because when the question is asked: “How did Paulsen vote on the (fill in the blank) issue?” the correct answer is: “That’s easy to find out; check Bachmann’s voting record!!!”
But when it comes to wasting taxpayer money with self-serving “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” — Paulsen’s in a league of his own.
Some of the previous coverage, of Paulsen
abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:
“What’s So Funny About This Picture Of Erik Pauslen?”, dated 18 April 2012
“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009
“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009
“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010
“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010
“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010
“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010
“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011”, dated 12 June 2011
I’m sure there’s more; this is just from a quick google search – stay tuned!