How do candidates you contribute to spend your contribution?
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One of my favorite features of the web site is "Get Local" (under quick links). There I learned, for example, that during his 2008 campaign Congressman Childers (MS 1st) paid $22,000 to a polling service... in Alabama. Have we no polling services in Mississippi? Apparently there are not consulting services in Mississippi, either. $37,000 to a Maryland firm. I am of a mind that candidates, especially in states with serious unemployment, ought to keep as much money at home as possible.
Perhaps these expenditures are legitimate, maybe there are no consulting services in our state. This is not:
Expenditure data is only available for members of the House. The Senate has exempted itself from reporting expenditures.
Keep an eye on government. If we don't do it, who will?