Grayson Bills Taxpayers For DVD Of Term's Highlights – $73,000

fullsail_cermony_666f-575x700Editor’s Note – When the Democrats are not busy ‘making up the rules as they go along’, they’re fully engaged in bending the rules beyond the breaking point (see Charlie Rangel).

For all those who are eager to see Alan Grayson be a one term Congressman, know this; your tax dollars are being used to help re-elect this buffoon.

Naturally, Grayson says this DVD has nothing to do with the upcoming election…it’s a mere coincident that it comes out just three months prior to the elections.  He just wants to keep his constituency informed of his actions! <wink * wink>

Of course, there’ll be no mention of the stacked town hall that he held, or the vote for the biggest tax increase in American history (Cap and Trade) or the $40,000 that he has steered to individuals associated with the Florida TEA Party political party.  I could go on and on.  

He proudly boasts of bringing millions of dollars of pork into the district in the face of a crushing national debt, fully believing that this action will help his re-election chances.  Showing the mentality of the ‘Me’ generation, which has led this country to the brink of disaster, he says ‘we deserve our fair share’.  He continues that complete disregard for the devastating effects of reckless spending by using $73,000 of YOUR money to further assist in his re-election efforts.

Residents of district 8, come November, you will have the chance to put this man in his place and show him that character does matter!

 

Grayson Bills Taxpayers For DVD Of Term’s Highlights – $73,000

By By Mark K. Matthews and Mark Schlueb
ORLANDO SENTINEL

WASHINGTON — If U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson were a rock star, his latest PR blitz — a DVD sent to tens of thousands of Central Florida residents — would be called Grayson’s Greatest Hits.

The 90-minute disc features video highlights from his first term in office, including one of him grilling Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and another in which the Orlando Democrat preaches on the need to teach schoolchildren about the U.S. Constitution.

The DVD comes wrapped inside a mailer covered with promotional slogans: “Congressman Alan Grayson, Hard at Work for You,” “He works hard. He pays attention. He gets things done,” and “Video DVD Inside: Watch Congressman Grayson in Action!”

In many ways, it’s the perfect campaign video — with one key difference.

Thanks to perks given to all members of Congress, it’s not Grayson’s campaign but taxpayers who footed the nearly $73,000 bill to produce and mail the DVD to 100,000 homes in Grayson’s district of Lake, Marion, Orange and Osceola counties.

It’s a stunt that drew howls from Republicans, who complained that Grayson was abusing the congressional privilege of franking that allows lawmakers to send taxpayer-paid newsletters and other mail to residents.

“This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars, and it goes to show that Alan Grayson is completely out of touch with Central Florida,” said state Rep. Kurt Kelly of Ocala, one of seven Republicans looking to unseat Grayson this fall.

“This is just ridiculous behavior. What congressman would do this in the face of a huge budget deficit?” he asked.

Grayson said he doesn’t see the video as self-promotional and that its intent was to show residents how the sausage is made in Washington.

“Unless you glom onto C-SPAN, you don’t have sense of what congressmen do on a day-to-day basis,” Grayson said. “I told people in my district that I would try to be a watchdog, and I think they have a right to know whether I have kept that promise.”

When pressed, however, Grayson did acknowledge that his office selected clips that make him look good.

“I’m an elected official. Do you think it’s my job to put out misinformation or negative information about myself?” he asked.

Though Grayson isn’t the first lawmaker to use taxpayer money to send a DVD, aides with the House administration committee — which oversees franking requests and approved Grayson’s DVD — could recall only a handful of other examples.

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