Guinta First-in-the-Nation in Franked Mail Spending
Guinta mailed campaign-style literature at taxpayer expense after railing
Concord - Congressman Frank Guinta spent more taxpayer dollars on "franked" mailings, many of which are highly produced, campaign-style literature, than any other member of Congress in 2011. His hypocrisy is glaring, as he once railed against this practice that the Union Leader called "offensive."
"Frankly, Frank Guinta is hypocritical. He is spending more than any other Congressman in the nation and he is using taxpayer dollars to run for re-election," said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "These are highly produced, campaign-style mailings that were prepared for and mailed at the taxpayer's expense. A practice that, before he went to Washington, be protested against."
The Bakersfield Californian reported on April 15th that Guinta spent $164,650, more than any other member of Congress, on franked mail in 2011.
An example of Guinta's slick literature can be seen on the blog Blue Hampshire here.
It was less than two years ago that Guinta was attacking other members of Congress for producing similar mailings. In February 2008, the Union Leader declared the practice "offensive" and called on the members to apologize.
In a June 9, 2010 statement, candidate Guinta promised to enact a reform of the franking system, calling the practice "electioneering." In 2008, then-GOP Party Chair Fergus Cullen also called out members of Congress for sending "politically-driven mail from their Federal congressional offices at taxpayer expense" not unlike what is currently arriving in 1st District mailboxes from Congressman Guinta.
"I certainly hope that Frank Guinta will follow his own advice, the advice of his Party and of the Union Leader by returning the money he spent on these campaign materials to the taxpayers and issue an apology," said Buckley.