My Olympian colleague, Brad Shannon, wrote a story in Sunday’s paper about this topic and I didn’t want to steal his thunder.
And since the House Clerk’s office made this info so convenient, I figured I’d post it here for your perusal.
Here is the expense list in PDF.
Also, here is the e-mail the deputy clerk sent to House members, alerting them that Brad was sniffing around their spending so they wouldn’t get caught flat-footed. Wasn’t that considerate? (A member forwarded it to me, and you can probably guess that it wasn’t Ed Orcutt.)
Brad Shannon, of the Olympian, has made a request for data on member reimbursements for discretionary expenses incurred in 2007 and 2008. The Olympian’s request includes travel expenses, per diem, expense account reimbursements (quarterlies), postage, printing, newsletters, and other expenses. This information will be provided to the press by the close of the business day.
Please be advised that the top spenders are likely to receive follow up questions from the press regarding their expenses. Attached is a rank-ordered list of 2008 expenditures by member (the average expense per member was around $37,000). The Accounting Office provided a more detailed list of these expenses (by expense category) to you on January 27, 2009. This information has also been forwarded to your communications staff to help respond to any inquiries that you may receive.
Please let me or the Accounting Office know if you have any questions or concerns.
Bernard Dean, Deputy Chief Clerk, Washington House of Representatives