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Rand Paul Gives Money To U.S. Treasury

02/21/2013 10:45 am ET | Updated Feb 22, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is doing his part to give back to the government, one oversized check at a time.

Paul, a member of the Tea Party, wrote a $600,000 check to the U.S. Treasury Wednesday to do what he can to lessen the nation's debt, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The money comes from unused funds from the senator's office budget.

“It’s the only budget I control,” Paul said at a Louisville, Ky., news conference. "It’s not enough, but it’s a start. We are frugal from top to bottom.”

The Kentucky senator's office gave back $500,000 to the Treasury last year, CNN reported. Paul said it's something he believes all state representatives should do in order to reduce the U.S. deficit.

At the Wednesday event, Paul appeared with a giant cardboard check and words of wisdom for other politicians looking do their part.

"We watch every purchase," Paul said, according to CNN. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it's our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure."

Paul has fueled talk in recent months of a possible 2016 presidential campaign. He delivered the Tea Party's 2013 State of the Union rebuttal, during which he criticized President Barack Obama for acting "as if he were a king".

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