WASHINGTON (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore spent the most among the eight Wisconsin U.S. House members on her office expenses last year.
She also has the largest number of assistants in the state’s delegation. And Republican Reid Ribble of Sherwood spent the most on publications and printing services.
That’s according to the annual House Statement of Disbursements, which shows what each House member spent on 9 internal spending items in 2011.
It was reported earlier that Wausau area Republican Sean Duffy spent the most on mass mailings to his constituents – about $225,000, most of it in the final quarter of the year. Duffy also outspent his 7 other Wisconsin House colleagues on travel at $93,000, and equipment at almost $28,000.
Spokesman John Gentzel said Duffy has the state’s largest House district by geographic area – and if he didn’t travel to see his constituents, he wouldn’t be doing his job.
Ribble led the Wisconsin delegation with $135,000 last year on publications and printing services. But spokeswoman Ashley Olson said Ribble’s expenses for his office rent were 40 percent less than his predecessor, Democrat Steve Kagen.
Moore paid over $1 million to 22 assistants. Her spokeswoman, Nicole Williams, said Moore appreciates her staff and puts a premium on taking care of them.