NC Delegation Spent More Than One Million Dollars On Constituent Mailings

North Carolina's congressional delegation spent more than one million dollars on bulk mailings to constituents during the last session of Congress.

The amounts ranged from $326,642 for Rep. Virginia Foxx to nothing for Reps. G.K. Butterfield and Howard Coble.

The mailings were sent using the congressional franking privilege, which allows representatives to use their signature instead of a stamp.

Foxx is a Republican from Banner Elk who sent more than 1.6 million pieces of mail. Foxx tells the Winston-Salem Journal that her constituents enjoy getting the mail.

Coble is a Republican from Greensboro and says he gave up franking because he thinks it's irresponsible.

Many members use e-mail because it is quicker and cheaper.