Lawmakers are permitted to spend money from their office expense account — known as a member's representational allowance — on a vehicle. They can use the car for personal use as long as that use is minimal and in the course of the lawmaker's official duties.
At least 10 House members are spending more than $1,000 a month in taxpayer money to lease cars.
Some lawmakers spend far less on leases. Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, spends $450 each month. And Rep. David Drier (R-Calif.) spends $366 a month.
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