Rand Paul Gave Tax Payers Back Over Half A Million Dollars


Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is a man who practices what he preaches when he talks about fiscal responsibility and budgeting. In a refreshing moment of political grandstanding by members of his party and those on the Democrat side calling for fiscal responsibility, Paul puts our money where his mouth is. He returned a whopping $600,000 to the U.S. Treasury by operating his Senate office frugally over the past year.

“It’s the only budget I control. ... It’s not enough, but it’s a start,” Paul said at a news conference Wednesday in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Paul is a stickler for "watching every purchase."

“We are frugal from top to bottom,” Paul said. “It’s not an enormous savings,” he said, but the savings would add up if purse strings were so closely watched throughout government.

The return of $600,000 is more than twenty percent of Paul's original office budget.

While the Courier-Journal reported there are other senators that returned money as well, this is the second year in a row, that the Kentucky Senator has returned money.

Last year, Politico reported that Paul gave back $500,000. At that time the amount was about sixteen percent of his budget. In 2012, when he returned the money, “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."

Scott Wong wrote that Senator Paul was not alone in his frugality:

During the past three years, Sen. Richard Shelby has returned more money to taxpayers than any other senator — about 40 percent or $1.2 million a year — according to a POLITICO analysis of all Senate office budgets. Sen. Barbara Boxer has consistently given back the least: less than 1 percent each year.

The gulf between Shelby, an Alabama Republican, and Boxer, a California Democrat, reflects a philosophical divide in Congress about how much money lawmakers need to effectively represent their states and constituents as the debate rages over the proper size and scope of the federal government.

But the office budget stats don’t necessarily play to stereotypes about fiscal conservatives versus Big Government liberals. The most frugal senators after Shelby in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 were Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), who returned a combined 34.3 percent of his budget; Jim Risch (R-Idaho) at 25.1 percent; Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) at 23.6 percent; and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) at 23.5 percent.

Paul believes this kind of cost cutting and responsibility when it comes to government funds should be the law. In fact, later this year he says that he will be offering a bill "incentivizing federal employees to identify and eliminate wasteful programs in their respective agencies.”

Now, just think if more members of the Republican party would practice what they preach the way Senator Paul has and were more frugal and more fiscally responsible with the offices they oversee? In fact, imagine that Democrats would do the same. Yes, this is a small amount in the big scheme of things. However, if you don't have your own house in order, what business do you have dealing in the house of the American people? I say, "You have no business."

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  • J J

    If he can do this, what is wrong with the rest of them??? They sit in Washington living lavish lives in lavish offices wasting our money!!! Shame on them. Kudos to Paul, he shows them all how it should be done!!

  • MIKE6080

    And jesse jackson stole 750,000

  • 2War Abn Vet

    To be absolutely accurate, Paul didn't give "taxpayers" anything. He gave more money to Obama to waste on vote buying schemes.

  • pduffy

    This is a lie. Rand Paul did not give any money back to "taxpayers". This was a political ploy. The money was transferred from one government agency to another, nothing was given back to the taxpayers. Did you get a check in the mail? Not me.

  • DOOM161

    Senators have one job: Sit on the floor and vote. How does that require a $3 million budget per senator?

  • F Oliver

    Kudos to Senator Rand Paul. Let's see who else follows suit with their individual office operating budgets supported with taxpayers dollars. Write your Congress members today. Tell them, "Let's stand with Senator Paul and cut expenditures here first." Show the Obama administration how it's done!

  • nicap

    Barbara Boxer, you have NO business. Got it yet?

  • James

    And kept over two million for himself. If money donation seekers were the only qualifications for POUS, Rand Paul would be President and Michele Bachmann would be Vice-President.

  • Donald Kaufman

    Sen. Paul did the honorable and honest thing and gets no props from the Lame Stream Media. Jesse, Jr. helps himself to several hundred thousand dollars and they can hardly bring themselves to speak ill of him. How typical!

  • sofieschoice

    Good for Rand Paul....like he says, at least it's a start.

    Now that we are going through all this misery with Obummer, don't you wish we had elected Ron Paul? Of course the moochers will stick with Obama and Moochelle.

  • Colt

    Thats awesome but it brings up another issue. Why is he authorized that much money to begin with? I found something to cut out of the budget congressmens budgets.