Representative Charles Rangel is proud of his leased-through-Congress 2004 Cadillac DeVille. And he even offers rides to constituents, so they can discuss issues. Rangel told the NY Times, “I want them to feel that they are somebody and their congressman is somebody. And when they say, ‘This is nice,’ it feels good.” And taxpayers should feel a little ownership over the car (which is apparently so roomy Rangel has a desk in it)–taxpayers are footing the $777.54/month lease (not to mention gas).
Eleven other representatives from the NY and NJ area lease cars, and the Times has put together a chart of their cars’ makes, mileage and lease costs. Rep. Gregory Meeks has a 2007 Lexus LS 460 ($998/month) while Rep. Anthony Weiner leases a 2008 Chevy Impala ($208/month).