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John: More To Minnick Franking Story

John Foster (for the Minnick campaign): Unfortunately, the story failed to use several salient and important facts. First. the Senate and House have very different franking rules, and money for the programs is allocated and tracked in very different fashions. Second, after Walt criticized Craig in 1996, the House passed stringent and wide-ranging rules to cut down on abuse. Current House rules prevent franked mail from being used within 90 days of a primary or general election. Members also have to submit all franked mail to a bipartisan commission for approval before the mail can be sent. (More below)

Question: Would you like to see Congress do away with franking privileges altogether?

Finally, I will say that someone earlier this year filed a Federal Elections Commission complaint against our campaign, alleging misuse of House franking. The FEC found the claim was without merit.  In short, the House rules are far more stringent and appropriate than in 1996. I will also add that, as I said to Dustin, the return on investment from Walt's outreach to constituents has been phenomenal for the taxpayers.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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