***HYPOCRISY ALERT***

Bobby Schilling Promised to be a "Steward of Taxpayer Dollars" But Spent Wildly on Taxpayer Funded Mass Mailings

Schilling Last Week: “I'm a guy that made promises and kept every single one of them”

Today, Cheri Bustos for Congress issued a Hypocrisy Alert for ex-Congressman Bobby Schilling.  Schilling promised to be a “steward of taxpayer dollars” during his 2010 campaign and criticized franked mail as an "extravagance," yet in office spent $446,000 on taxpayer funded mass mailings - more than every other Member of Congress through June of 2012.  Now in 2014, Schilling told WHBF last week that “I'm a guy that made promises and kept every single one of them.”

“If Bobby Schilling's idea of being a ‘steward of taxpayer dollars’ means running up a half-million dollar tab in taxpayer funded mass mailings, then maybe he did keep his promise,” said Colin Milligan, Communications Director for Cheri Bustos for Congress. “In a 180 degree turn that must have caused whiplash, Schilling also called these same mailings 'extravagance' and boasted that ‘every taxpayer dollar should be used to the fullest.’ Schilling is claiming he’s kept ‘every single one’ of his promises, so how then does he explain his distinction of being one of the biggest spenders in the House of Representatives on taxpayer funded mass mailings? Schilling’s hypocrisy is stunning.”

According to a 2012 Dispatch/Argus article, “Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, now has spent $446,000 on mass mailings in the last two years, the highest amount of any member of the House of Representatives.  The number is revealed in the latest disclosure of congressional expenses and means that Rep. Schilling has distributed over 1.1 million flyers in the 17th District since he took office in 2011. He has surpassed Nevada Republican Congressman Joe Heck to take the number one spot in the House in terms of money spent on mass mailings...”

While campaigning in 2010 Schilling was critical of his opponent for spending money on mass mailings, saying “Campaigns should be funded by donors and political parties, not the American taxpayer. We're facing a massive budget deficit and one of the worst recessions in recent memory, yet Rep. Hare felt it was appropriate to send the 17th District pictures of himself on the taxpayers' dime. Enough is enough. I believe that every taxpayer dollar should be used to the fullest. This type of extravagance has gone on far too long.”

On his 2010 campaign website, Schilling wrote “When I'm elected to Congress, I will be a steward of taxpayer dollars and make sure that they are used efficiently and effectively.”

Schilling even had the chance to keep his promise to be “a steward of taxpayer dollars” but voted against a 10% cut in the Congressional Franking Budget.

Background

Schilling Promised to be a “Steward of Taxpayer Dollars”
In a 2010 campaign statement, Schilling said,

I think the American taxpayer deserves the dignity of having their dollars used efficiently. It's certainly not appropriate for a sitting Congressman to spend $70,000 in taxpayer dollars on a campaign mailer promoting himself to voters within a district. When I'm elected to Congress, I will be a steward of taxpayer dollars and make sure that they are used efficiently and effectively. [Bobby2010.com6/25/10]

Schilling Opposed 10% Cut in Congressional Franking Budget
In 2012, Schilling voted against a Democratic Motion to Recommit to HR5882, which would have cut the franking budget by 10 percent, saving taxpayers about $3 million. [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?r112:1:./temp/~r1125oIBYu:e220915:]
The Motion failed, 101-309. [http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll376.xml]

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