Harris Ranks 100th in Use of Frank

WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) spent over $109,000 on franked mail last year.  “Franked” mail is mail sent to constituents from a congressman’s office for information or constituent service purposes.

In an article written by Gannett Washington bureau chief Nicole Guadiano, it was disclosed that Harris ranked 100th among all members of the House and 45th among freshmen.  Buried in the article was the fact that Harris’ predecessor, one term Rep. Frank Kratovil spent over $320,000 on communications during 2009, Kratovil’s first year in the House.  During the same period as Harris, freshman Democrat Rep. John Carney (D-DE) spent over $187,000 compared to Harris’ $109,000.

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