Rep. Bennie Thompson was part of the winning team at the Congressional Shoot-Out in May when the Democrats beat the Republicans for the second time in as many years.
The Mississippi lawmaker ó a well-known marksman and all-around sports buff ó might have supplemented his hands-on experience through his 2010 subscription to Shooting Sportsman and a 2011 subscription to Field and Stream, according to House accounting records.
(Donít worry, the Membersí Congressional Handbook says subscriptions are OK expenses.)
Well, we guess you can make a case that the $32 Shooting Sportsman subscription and the $44.91 subscription to Field and Stream are good for research, although Thompsonís office didnít return our calls for comment.
The subscription to Field and Stream is good until 2014 ó thatís two election cycles! ó so Thompson must be feeling pretty confident about his re-election chances.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.