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One lawmaker stretches budget dollars to the max

Caught Our Eye Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Monday, December 11, 2017
Republicans make up the House's top six spenders of public funds so far this year. But only one has spending habits that put him potentially at risk for having to personally repay thousands of dollars to the U.S. Treasury, according to a LegiStorm review of House budgets and expenses.

Rep. James Renacci (Ohio) has spent 78.5 percent of his annual allowances in the first three quarters of 2017. That's nearly 5 percent more than the next highest spender, Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.). After the third quarter mark, other members have so far spent an average of only 63.9 percent of their annual budgets.

If Renacci keeps up those spending habits in the year's final quarter, he'll have overspent his allowances by nearly 4.7 percent - more than $60,000. Members who go over budget are legally obligated to personally repay expenses to the Treasury Department.

Craigslist comes to D.C. for sex-traffic fight

Caught Our Eye Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Friday, December 08, 2017

Craigslist has finally begun to lobby, adding its name to the list of Silicon Valley power players trying to influence a bipartisan sex-trafficking bill.

Sidley Austin answered Craigslist's inaugural lobbyist-wanted ad last week, according to a disclosure filed yesterday.

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