Lawmakers Drive Hot Wheels at Taxpayer Expense:
Members of Congress spent $1 million of taxpayer money last year on leased cars including many gas-guzzling SUVs, like the Ford Expedition, and luxury cars, including one BMW 530i, according to Knight Ridder. One-hundred thirty six members of the House leased cars at the taxpayers’ expense last year (the Senate does not allow this perk). Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) drives around Harlem in a Cadillac DeVille, while Michael Ross (D-AR) has the most expensive leased a vehicle, a $1,248 a month Ford Expedition. At least 56 of the leased vehicles were SUVs.