Top users of mass mailings

Many members of Congress use their office budgets to send out mass mailings on anything from Social Security to car-care tips. Here's a look at the top users of this option, ranked by the pieces of mass mail they sent in 2006, followed by their overall "franking" costs in dollars. Member Pieces Cost Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C. 1,257,972 177,706 Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. 1,003,836 172,215 Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla. 906,788 153,659 Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. 844,336 177,293 Rep. David Obey, D-Wis. 807,604 128,605 Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. 785,415 164,548 Rep. Timothy Bishop, D-N.Y. 759,402 131,979 Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif. 752,126 135,705 Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J. 741,971 160,795 Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. 733,005 164,156 - Source: Quarterly Statement of Disbursements of the House for 2006. An apparent inconsistency in the records had Stark's mass mailings alone - at $172,350 - as more than the total cost of all mailings, including mass mailings. Stark's and House administrative office spokesmen did not immediately explain.

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