Greene raps Meek’s taxpayer-financed $977-a-month car leaseby George Bennett | August 13th, 2010
House members get annual allowances of about $1.3 million apiece to pay staff salaries and travel costs and purchase office supplies and equipment. The Wall Street Journal last year — in an article that noted local Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings’ $24,730-a-year lease on a Lexus hybrid sedan — said about 100 members of Congress use their allowances to lease vehicles for official use.
Meek spokesman Adam Sharon said Meek’s personal cars are in Washington, so he leases a vehicle for business in his district. The lease is so expensive, Sharon said, because members serve two-year terms and therefore must enter two-year leases under House rules. The rules also forbid using the allowance to make a downpayment, Sharon said, which also raises the monthly cost.
Sharon said Meek doesn’t use his Yukon for personal or political business.
“A member of Congress needs a car to get around to perform their job and do constituent services and represent the district,” Sharon said.