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Members of Congress sent 116 million pieces of mail last year. The Associated Press says you paid for the privilege of receiving it. Twenty million tax dollars. In theory, lawmakers are keeping you informed. In reality, the mailings include photos and promotional pieces on the lawmaker who sent them. But here's a voice of experience. Fifty-nine lawmakers, most with long years of service, spent nothing on mass mailings.

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