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Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?

by TwoPuttTommy on April 16, 2010 · 3 comments

As noted here, Erik Paulsen has received notoriety for excessive spending on taxpayer-paid mailers not only in a Strib Letter To The Editor, but across this great country – from the Baltimore Sun to the Witchia Eagle to the Las Vegas Review-Journal to the…. well, a LOT of places.

And as noted in a subsequent post entitled “Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, Paulsen was taken to task in an editorial in the Hendersonville, North Carolina Times-News.

Once again, here’s the “money quote” from that editorial:

The idea that a representative would use as much as one third of his office budget, money meant to be spent in ways that benefit constituents, on thinly veiled re-election entreaties, is unconscionable. It’s an inappropriate use of the funds, and it presents an unfair advantage for incumbents.

Such spending should be eliminated. If politicians want to send glossy, self-promoting pamphlets about themselves, they can pay for them themselves.

Well, according to a report today from Tom Scheck of Minnesota Public Radio, Paulsen’s re-election committee has more than $1 million in the bank.  So, certainly – Paulsen can afford to pay for his “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” himself, through his campaign war chest.

But, what did one dedicated reader claim to get in the ol’ mailbox, just the other day?

ANOTHER taxpayer-paid mailer – on Health Care Reform!!!

Calls to verify date of mailing to press people at Paulsen’s local and W.D.C. offices were not returned; nor was a call to Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards.

Stay tuned!


JML April 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

This is straight up out of the GOP Playbook.

Step 1: pretend to be a fiscal conservative

Step 2: complain about Democrats spending and whine about big government

Step 3: tell your constituents all about it on the government dime using glossy ads

Step 4: keep blaming Democrats for wasting money

It’s a pretty simple tune, and I think we all know the song.

Curmudgeon April 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

I got yet another mailer from Pausen after his health care atrocity, this one on senior issues. Same slick high cost piece. Same funding source, us.

TPT it too young for the old fart mailers.

Mr Math April 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

Are they printed by a government printing office or by a private company? If it is a private company, who are they?  

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