Olson and former congresswoman Shelley Sekula Gibbs are in a runoff April 8 for the seat that once belonged to former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The winner will face incumbent Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Stafford.
Olson’s campaign issued a statement saying that Sekula Gibbs spent $182,114.62 while she finished Delay’s term, calling it excessive.
Sekula Gibbs’ campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sekula Gibbs won a special election to replace DeLay, who resigned June 9, 2006, amid a campaign finance scandal. She was sworn in on Nov. 13 and finished her term on Jan. 3, for a total 51 days in Congress.
Records of Sekula Gibbs’ spending “reveal a total disregard for taxpayer’s money,” said Amy Goldstein, a spokeswoman for the Olson campaign.
Olson’s office particularly questioned the $76,963.22 she spent on a mass mailing to the Houston-area district. That total included $37,692.19 in printing costs and $39,271.03 in postage.
The postage total is more than 12 other Texas House members spent in all of 2006, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press.