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Conrad Burns: Wasting Money One Postcard at a Time…

This is absolutely and 100% out of control. Montana deserves better than this clown.

Conrad Burns dropped me a postcard today.  This wasn’t the Burns campaign, mind you, this had Connie’s signature on it which means he is using his franking privilege.  You can see an Adobe Acrobat file of it here (Adobe Acrobat Required). Basically, Conrad
wanted me to know how hard is working for Montana:

Chairman of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I secured $1 million for the successful continuation of the Missouri
River Water Treatment Plant project in Helena.”

After, he tells me that the project will be completed in 3 years.

Simply put, this is the largest and most offensive violation of the franking
I have ever seen.

HOW CAN THIS BE LEGAL? There was no other purpose for this postcard then campaigning. Plus it uses all of Conrad’s “me, me, me” campaign rhetoric. “I secured…” Blarg.

Perhaps most offensive is that Conrad Burns can afford to send this postcard on his own. For the love of Mike, he raised $6.7 million dollars?!?!??! I am glad that Connie is making sure that he is using federal funds to put him back in Washington so he can continue spending money like a drunken’ sailor. Unbelievable!

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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  • Excuse me, but that postcard was clearly intended to inform potential users of the Missouri River Water Treatment Center about what progress was Mr. Burns was making with its construction. It was in no way, shape, or form a campaign ad.


  • Neif,

    A Frank is placed in the upper right hand corner, where a stamp would normally go (the other side of your postcard.) It allows for federal postage to be waived as it an official government document. It is to be used only for official office business. The signature you show on your postcard is not a Frank.

    If Burns did use his Franking priveleges to send those cards through the USPS it would be a felony and he would owe postage plus $300 for the packages sent.

    However, I doubt Burns actually used his Frank to have those sent through the postal service. More likely, he used his campaign funds to have the cards made and then used volunteers to hand deliver them if there is no stamp on them.

    Is Burns a bad man? Yes.
    Should he be indicted? Yes.
    Should it be for abusing his Frank? Probably not.

  • My mistake. The lesson, as always, is that I’m an idiot.

    It’s unconscionable that Burns would not only flaunt laws like that but do so in such a visible way.

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