MK Majadle: Big spender of 2011

Spending habits of members of Knesset published; Majadele spends NIS 453.39 more than his allotment.

Office supplies 370 (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
Office supplies 370
(photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
MKs’ “connection with voters” budgets for 2011 were released on Wednesday, listing spending on office supplies, refreshments, mailings, conferences, office rentals outside of the Knesset and other expenses.
The amount of money spent is not the only consideration in ranking the MKs, since each one is allotted a different amount. Factors include seniority, whether he or she is a minister, if the MK has an office outside of the Knesset and whether parts of last year’s budget were added to this year.
MK Ghaleb Majadle (Labor) spent the highest portion of his budget, using 100.5 percent and spending NIS 453.39 more than his allotment.
Majadle is followed by former Kadima MK Eli Aflalo, who spent his entire NIS 54,140 allotment, and also had the most unusual expense: NIS 26,680 on production of a video, plus NIS 2,046 on media clips.
MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) topped the ranking by amount spent, with NIS 94,437, followed by MK Taleb a-Sanaa (United Arab List-Ta’al), who spent NIS 83,532, and Majadele with expenses of NIS 83, 698.
Some other expenses include NIS 13,431 for National Union chairman Ya’acov Katz to learn Russian and NIS 2,500 for Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud) to take an unidentified tour.
Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin is at the bottom of the list – he did not spend one shekel on his connection with voters. Defense Minister Ehud Barak spent only NIS 345 on office supplies. Both had an NIS 36,500 budget.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took advantage of NIS 1,831 out of his NIS 36,962 allotment to pay for mailings and Internet service.