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Rand Paul Returns $500K in Office Budget to Treasury

Freshman Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to cut federal spending. The Kentucky Republican and tea-party favorite said Thursday he’s returning $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury -- money from his operating budget that his office never spent.

The half million dollars represents about 16 percent of Paul’s annual budget, and he contends no senator has returned as much to taxpayers.

“I ran to stop the reckless spending. And I ran to end the damaging process of elected officials acting as errand boys, competing to see who could bring back the biggest check and the most amount of pork,” Paul said at a news conference in Louisville, where he presented taxpayers with a massive mock check for $500,000.


You can tell Rand was raised right by his dad!

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So, is Warren Buffet...

going to match?

Jonny R
Fellow Lover of Liberty

That's excellent, I would

That's excellent, I would expect nothing less from Paul the Younger, but what caught my eye was this:

"The half million dollars represents about 16 percent of Paul’s annual budget."

Wha wha whaaaa!? That means a U.S. Senator gets $3.125 million annually? Jeez, what in the hell do they spend it on? That's a lot of post-it notes..

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Very Smart

...of Rand to make a public showing of it. We need more Pauls on the Hill.

it makes me wonder..........

Makes me wonder how many other "senators" and "representatives" who have excess in their budgets somehow find a "paper company" to work with and buy a lot of "paper" and write it off as "office supplies" .

Meanwhile, this "paper company" simply sends a ream of paper to their offices (thus fulfilling the contract), collects the $500,000 (or more) and the "senator" or "representative" split the proceeds via some ratio.........

Naaaaaaa. That could never happen in Washington D.C. .......

The rest of them "can't find" places to cut in future/robo

increases. Years ago the sentators were putting in million dollar bathrooms in their offices.
The Senate: The most corrupt sold out criminals in the history of the United States.

Bet Rand and his crew are having a blast up there too.

Never a dull moment!

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

Rand Paul 2020

Ron Paul has lots to do in between. As Ron Paul has said over and over again it has taken over a 100 years of bad policy to get us to where we are today. He is only one man and the presidency is not a dictatorship. Not only do we need to elect Ron Paul, but also like minded candidates to back his ideas. Rand Paul has a lot of maturing to do before he can fit into his father's shoes. I like him, but he is still a little rough around the edges.

Yes... a little dose of

Ron Paul-type humility would really help Rand out. Rand is a much better politician than his father, but is missing a little of the charm. I think it just comes with maturity. Rand reminds me of Ron in the 1980s.

Jonny R
Fellow Lover of Liberty

He definitely needs more humility

He basically echoed the "take a shower then get a job" line regarding OWS. Actually he said it on Peter Schiff's show before Newt ever did. I want to like Rand Paul (and certainly do way more than the rest of the GOP, other than his dad and Gary Johnson) but he definitely has a ways to go. I'm not certain he understands economics like his dad does either.

Although I won't go to politico. Big Bump!


Very impressive savings by

Very impressive savings by Rand Paul. If every politician and every bureaucrat followed Rand Paul's example, government spending would go down by $500,000,000,000.

Good going, Rand

Proud of you!

Here's to 16 years of a Paul presidency...

180 degrees from 16 years of Clinton/Bush...

You mean 20 Years

of clinton/bush

I think 8 will do...

Ron 2012, Rand 2016!!!!!


Obviously he will soon be disciplined by the rest of the Senate ;)


Rand Paul 2016!

Rand Paul 2016!

"Quod scripsi scripsi."

He can't be president in 2016..

Ron needs to get his second term out

"We don't need a Department of Energy; we need a Department of Freedom" - RP
"We need to defend liberty.. and liberty!" - RP

3M is about right to run an office

I work as a budget analyst in the private sector.

A VP office (like CAO or something)
has an Executive, Project Manager, 2 Personal Assistant's salary on the books.

The rest of the expenses about 25-30% of the budget is for kicking off many projects and HR things that the other area's can't pay for.

It takes about 3 million a year to run and a lot of that is because the CAO makes quite a bit in salary + bonuses.

2.5 Million a year is pretty good assuming he has a whole state to answer to and probably has more than 2 assistants helping him.

sure that's not because

the initial budget assignment made that a reality? just like how student loan jacks up tuition.. if you assign an office 3 million you can probably expect the salaries and expenses to add up "about right" after a couple years

A chip off the old block...

...like father, like son.

A new broom sweeps clean

Way to go Rand!

family tradition


I like it good, sir!

I like it good, sir!

Here's the photo:

A Senator has an office expense of over 3 million a year?

Insane much?

I'm glad Rand managed to return 500k, but when you look at the fact he spent 2.5 MILLION, it doesn't look so good in absolute terms.

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Each senator gets over $3MM to run their office?

Or is that just for Junior/freshmen senators?

I can't tell if that is a lot of money or not.

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Senator Paul... bravo!