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WFPL: Sen. Paul Gives $500,000 Back to U.S. Treasury

Jan 12, 2012

Sen. Rand Paul says he's fulfilling a campaign promise by giving back $500,000 of operational funds to the U.S. Treasury.

Paul said the U.S. Senators are appropriated $3 million a year for their office budgets and he's been able to save nearly 15 percent of his annual costs. He hopes to set an example with his frugality, he said.

"We look at all of our office expenses. We look at the coffee pot to the computers bought and we try to buy things as if it were our money we were spending, or your money that we were spending, and our goal is not to spend all of it, our goal is to save some of it," Paul said.

If Congress offered incentives for lawmakers and staff to cut budgets, Paul estimates the U.S. could save $130 million annually, he said.

Paul will continue finding cost savings but the amount may decrease each year as staff members earn raises, he said.

"We've done a lot of things that I have not necessarily won the battle for. This is the one thing I have control over and that's my office budget and I wanted to show the people of Kentucky that I have been frugal with their money and that I wanted to bring it back. And I'm very happy to have these taxpayers here to receive some of their own money back," he said.

Over his six year term he could give back over $1 million, he said.


Contact Senator Rand Paul at One of his Offices

Bowling Green - Main State Office
1029 State Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-782-8303

423 Federica St, Ste 305
Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: 270-689-9085

Crescent Springs
541 Buttermilk Pk Ste 102
Crescent Springs, KY 41017
Phone: 859-426-0165

771 Corporate Dr, Ste 105
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-219-2239

600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pl,
Rm 1072B
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-582-5341

1100 S. Main St, Ste 12
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Phone: 270-885-1212

Washington, DC
124 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-4343