Politico has a story about taxpayer funded travel costs for United States Senators.
Big John and Chuck Schumer make sense, because they are the heads of their Senate fundraising committees, but why is Kay so high on the list?
In total Kay has the third highest office budget among all United States Senators (link). Excerpt follows...
On average, transportation costs account for less than 5 percent of a senator’s office expense budget; in most cases, the remainder of the funds is consumed almost entirely by staff payroll. In the first half of the fiscal year, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein spent a total of $2.1 million out of her office account, more than any other senator. Rounding out the top five were Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Hutchison, Cornyn and Schumer.
Again Big John and Chuck Schumer make sense given their roles, and the Californians make sense because they are Californians and they are like that out there, but Kay being in the top 3 is surprising for a Republican.
See the list here (link)...
I guess she is spending a lot more time in Texas raising money for her campaign. Insiders tell me that Kay will need to show a dynamite number next month on her fundraising report, because she has been able to raise money for six or seven months while Rick has been prohibited from raising money entirely from December through the end of this month as a state office holder during a legislative session.
What those numbers are, I don't know. I am already hearing some spin from both camps about what is a good number or a bad number for each candidate. Since it is not an apples to apples comparison it will be hard to judge.