Ever wonder what obscure things senators buy with taxpayer money meant for their offices?
New data released by the Sunlight Foundation answers this question — and the nonprofit hopes it will inspire people along the way to care more about government spending.
Sunlight, which has been processing House office spending data since 2009, added data this week that reveals what senators buy with their office account funds.
The data comes from reports issued by the secretary of the Senate every six months and is now part of a searchable database on the nonprofit's website.
The Sunlight database represents more than 300,000 spending line-items from April 2011 through March 2014 and covers everything from staff salaries to official travel.
The data "should help journalists, political scientists and other motivated citizens get their arms around how the Senate is spending the taxpayers' money," Sunlight said.