I strongly believe that one of Congress’ most important responsibilities is to conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that laws are being faithfully carried out, that taxpayer’s dollars are well spent, and that allegations of abuse are being thoroughly investigated.
I believe Congress must be transparent about its business and I work to provide up to date information on my own activities, office expenditures, and appropriations requests. I keep an online schedule which is updated every day to reflect the day's activities and outline the activities that are confirmed for the days ahead. This week’s schedule, as well as an archive of old schedules, is available here.
Below is my financial disclosure report, a document which details the source, type, amount, and value of my income. This information is filed with the Clerk of the House by all Members of Congress.
The Clerk of the House also keeps records on Member travel and legal expenses. This information is available here.
Information about my campaign fundraising and expenditures is filed with the Federal Election Commission and is available here.
Congressional Office Transparency
Congressional offices are appropriated a certain amount of money each year to operate their offices depending in part on that District’s distance from Washington, D.C. The 12th District amount for 2011 is $1.41 million. This money has to pay for all expenses including staff salaries, office rent, equipment, telephone bills, supplies, mailings, newsletters and travel between Michigan and D.C. There are rules as to what may be spent on official activities and each mailing or email to an audience larger than 500 people must be approved by the bi-partisan Congressional Standards Mailing Franking Commission under the Committee on House Administration.
All expenses for each office, as well as each committee, are available here. To make my office expenses more accessible, I have included my most recent quarterly expense report below.