Your milage may vary

Kneeling for salvation expert Marcus Bachmann is in the news again, but not for praying away the gay. It seems that Marcus turned in a campaign reimbursement expense report that is, um, questionable:

According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (see page 16 of this PDF), covering the period between November 28 and December 31 of 2006, Marcus was reimbursed $6,230 for mileage.

OK, so what’s the big deal?

Granted, $6,230 hardly seems like a shockingly large amount of money for a spouse to be reimbursed for campaign expenses. But considering that the IRS’s standard mileage rate was 44.5 cents per mile, and that the farthest opposing corners of Minnesota’s sixth district stretch about 120 miles, Marcus Bachmann would have had to have driven 14,000 miles (58 round trips) in the span of 1 month to warrant the money.

This, of course, seems physically impossible and highly unlikely (especially considering the mileage was accrued after Bachmann had already won).

Whoopsie! That’s a lot of trips to the Minneapolis Mineshaft, Marcus!

(The Daily Caller)

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6 Responses to Your milage may vary

  1. Perhaps he was using Chris Christie’s travel service?
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  2. Abu Scooter says:

    Just crunching some numbers out loud here: If the Minnesota 6th is about 120 miles long, then a round trip is at least 240 to 245 miles. Every trip that long will take at least four hours, and that assumes that the driver uses only interstates. On the campaign trail, a driver like Marcus Bachmann will use mostly surface roads, so now we’re talking about a trip that’s more like 6-7 hours long. So, yes, driving 14,000 miles in 33 days would be an impressive feat of endurance.

    All these numbers are generous; the district isn’t a strip, after all. That $6,230 figure makes sense only if a few of those trips included detours through, I don’t know, Chicago. Would that make Marcus Bachmann a secret (gasp!) Bears fan?

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  3. jo6pac says:

    Payments for gay escorts and meth. He’s better now, dog help him.

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  4. Now you went and made me think of Marcus-as-Knob-Kabob, and I’m permanently scarred.

    I hope you’re happy!

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  5. Bruce388 says:

    A lot of toe-tapping in a lot of men’s rooms.

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  6. 1.21 gigawatts!

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