The hundreds of line items for old-media purchases are among the many clues to Congress' news habits that AOL News spotted in its close reading of the House's last three Statement of Disbursements. Collecting all the invoices generated by Congress every three months, it was made available in digital form for the first time in December. Following the most recent update in June, the House's expenditures for the last six months of 2009 and the first three months of 2010 are now online, where they've been collected in a searchable database created by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
How Congress Spent Your $1 Billion
Food Tab: $604K on Bottled Water
Interns and Pages: $4.4 Million
News and Research: $1.2 Million
Travel: $1.4 Million a Month
Congress Is a PC: Just $22K on Apple
About This Series
Want to know, say, just how many more Democratic members than Republicans get The New York Times? Or who considers Sirius and XM Radio to be "reference material"?
That's in there, too, as we break out in the chart below -- which is part of our ongoing examination of what the House buys itself with your money.
Note: The data here represents what was expensed in the period between June 2009 and March 2010. Consequently, subscriptions paid for during the first three months of this year, data for which is not yet online, are not reflected in our report, and the number of legislators who purchase a given title may be higher than our nine-month totals.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect important context regarding Time magazine's Capitol Hill circulation, which was missing from the original version.
Ernie Smith is the editor of ShortFormBlog, a news site equally obsessed with numbers and bad jokes.