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Rep. Hagedorn fires chief of staff after allowance spending spree

In a news release from his Congressional Office, U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) said that he...
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Published: Aug. 16, 2020 at 11:28 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has fired his chief of staff after a spending spree on taxpayer-funded communications.

The congressman, who represents Minnesota’s 1st District which covers much of southern Minnesota, spent almost 40% of his office’s annual expense allowances in the first quarter of this year. That outpaced all of his colleagues in the House, according to Legistorm, a firm that tracks the allowances.

About half of Hagedorn’s spending was on printing and mailing correspondence, totaling about $270,000.

His office confirmed that Peter Su, who had served as chief of staff since he took office, has been fired. The Daily Caller first reported the firing.

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