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Monday, March 13, 2006

DFL Rep Collin Peterson and GOP Rep. Mark Kennedy Rent Luxury Cars on the Taxpayer's dime

Pioneer Press:

Some members of Congress use their office budgets to lease Lexuses, Lincolns, Cadillacs, an Infiniti, even a BMW 530i, which one auto critic called "one of the world's best sport luxury sedans." The lease prices of some cars topped $1,000 a month.

A few, including Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., leased two cars on the taxpayers' dime; two lawmakers leased three.

Peterson leased a Chevrolet Equinox and a Dodge in 2005 for a total of $9,402.52.

The only other representatives from Minnesota or Wisconsin who were on the lease list were Rep. Mark Kennedy, R-Minn., who leased a Ford Explorer for $6,946.44, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who leased a Chevrolet for $3,150.

Part of Kennedy's decision to lease a vehicle, which he does for $578.87 a month, was the cost-savings — because of the large size of the Sixth District, it's cheaper than being reimbursed for using his own vehicle, said Anne Mason, the Republican's spokeswoman. And though it's a Ford Explorer, it uses E85 — "he's into alternative fuels and he wouldn't use anything but," Mason said.

Peterson could not be reached over the weekend for comment on this story.

That's Collin "no gays live in my district" Peterson for ya.

It's interesting that the Drama Queen missed the part in the story about Mark Kennedy also leasing a luxury vehicle. Peterson is more over the top on this one with two vehicles - but Mark Kennedy has something to answer for also.

Hunger for congressional perks is very bipartisan.