House Statement of Disbursements Available Online


           The House of Representatives Quarterly Statement of Disbursements is available online today (hat tip: Sunlight Foundation).  This report has been published in hard copy for many years, but this is the first time that it has been made available over the internet, pursuant to a June 3, 2009 directive from Speaker Pelosi. 

            As an example of how this report might be mined for interesting information, I searched the document for the term “town hall.”  This search revealed that 41 Members had submitted reimbursement requests described as being for “town hall” events during the July 1 to September 30 quarter.  Since earlier Statements are not available online (and I am not planning to go through these multivolume sets manually), I can’t say how that compares to prior years.  The party breakdown is noteworthy, though.  Of the 41 Members, 39 were Republicans and 2 were Democrats.   

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