Taxpayers paid $15k for Jimmy Carter’s postage, according to report

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Taxpayers spent $15,000 on former President Jimmy Carter’s postage in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday about federal spending on ex-presidents.

The revelation came in a report by ABC News on the “welfare for former presidents,” which also claims taxpayers spent $579,000 for former President Bill Clinton’s rent and $83,000 for former President George W. Bush’s phone bill.

ABC reported that taxpayers paid more than $3 million on the four remaining former presidents in 2010, even though Clinton made more than $10 million and Bush made $15 million for speeches last year.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is pushing a bill in Congress that would stop taxpayer funding of ex-presidents if they make more than $400,000 a year, according to the news organization.

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This article has been corrected to show President Bush’s phone bill as $83,000, not $830,000 as reported by ABC News.