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Mike Bost

Illinois Rep. Bost sends more mail at taxpayers' expense than any other Congress member

WASHINGTON Congress is moving away from its long-time use of taxpayer-financed mail to constituents, but not Rep. Mike Bost. The freshman Republican from Illinois spent almost $113,000 on what is called "franked" mail in the first three months in office, amounting to more than 244,000 pieces. That is nearly twice the amount spent by the next biggest frank-mail user. He sent more individual pieces of mail in that time than the roughly 210,000 people who voted when Bost defeated Democrat Rep. Bill Enyart in last November's election. Bost says the mailings help him to stay connected to constituents and that mail is still an important way that people in his sprawling district...