This post has been corrected.

Rep. Aaron Schock's (R-Ill.) communications team, it is pretty clear, made a serious blunder in trying to block a Washington Post story about his extravagantly appointed office. It's led to bad press (the story was No. 1 on The Post's Web site on Tuesday afternoon) and, perhaps as alarmingly, calls for an ethics investigation.

USA Today looked at past years' spending to determine that Schock had probably spent about $100,000 of taxpayer money on his office — and that was prior to the ruby-red "Downton Abbey" makeover that kicked up a fuss. But is that high? Low?

One of the benefits of members of Congress being public servants is that their spending data is public. Members of the House and Senate have to file quarterly reports detailing their spending, data that the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation has digitized neatly. To get a sense of how much the House spends on its offices, we took the data from the 113th Congress — the first quarter of 2013 through the third of 2014, which is the most recent available — and parsed out the myriad spending categories to figure out who spent the most.

First, we should articulate what the figures below don't include. They don't include maintenance and repairs spending, which is sort of a catch-all for office services. It doesn't include installation, warranties, or insurance for equipment or the office space. It doesn't include utilities or temporary space rental. It doesn't include car rentals, leases or mileage. It doesn't include the member's housing. It doesn't include subscriptions to newspapers (thank you!), food or water. It's decor, equipment, computers and the district offices, essentially. (The actual categories we used are listed at the bottom of this article.)

So, without further ado: Here's who spent the most on their offices in the 113th Congress.

Overall costs

Top spenders:
1. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.): $326,002.66
2. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.): $279,838.53
3. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): $267,878.79
4. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.): $237,145.26
5. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.): $224,261.73
6. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.): $219,652.29
7. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.): $218,553.49
8. Eleanor Norton (D-D.C.): $216,672.49
9. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.): $211,778.85
10. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii): $210,472.62

You'll notice something about the top spenders: Most of them represent expensive areas: the Bay Area, New York City and its surroundings. (Zooming in on the map to show New York City will help.) They're top spenders mostly because...

District office rent and parking

Top spenders:
1. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.): $260,075.43
2. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): $228,720
3. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.): $207,033
4. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.): $203,700
5. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.): $203,625.03
6. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.): $197,090.25
7. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.): $194,364
8. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.): $191,944.53
9. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.): $189,461.59
10. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.): $189,234

...they have expensive district offices.

Decor and furniture

Top spenders:
1. Rush Holt (D-N.J.): $26,262.34
2. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): $21,765.95
3. Tom Marino (R-Pa.): $20,865.67
4. Raul R. Labrador (R-Idaho): $19,453.65
5. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.): $18,869.32
6. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.): $17,923.9
7. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.): $12,466.92
8. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.): $12,044.97
9. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.): $9,240
10. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.): $8,500.54

But not entirely. This is the category that includes furniture and carpeting and drapery. It's the Schock category, if you will. And in the past Congress, the top spenders ranged in location. Note that Schock isn't on the list. His spending mostly happened when he got into office, in 2009. At the top of the list is Rush Holt (now retired). The biggest spender on carpeting was Rep. Darrell Issa ($8,000). The biggest spending on curtains? Sanford Bishop ($2,421).

Into those nicely furnished offices went office equipment (vaguely defined) and computers.

Equipment

Top spenders:
1. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.): $42,427.03
2. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.): $36,952
3. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.): $29,393.87
4. Pete Gallego (D-Texas): $29,235.58
5. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.): $28,998.50
6. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.): $28,810.12
7. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.): $28,757.44
8. Scott R. Tipton (R-Colo.): $28,584.50
9. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.): $27,987.75
10. Dina Titus (D-Nev.): $27,737.65

Computers and software

Top spenders:
1. John C. Carney Jr. (D-Del.): $99,368.83
2. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.): $82,812.04
3. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.): $63,785.76
4. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.): $56,941.81
5. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): $53,569.34
6. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.): $51,934.13
7. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.): $51,146
8. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.): $50,874.47
9. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.): $49,962.49
10. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.): $49,658.45

And there you go. In total, members of the 113th House spent $420,000 on decor, $41 million on rent, $2.5 million on equipment and $5.5 million on computers. Schock's Downton office is eye-catching, but offices rarely come cheap.


Correction: Due to a labeling error in the data, Rep. Mike Kelly's costs for his district offices was inadvertently combined with another member of Congress. Data for Rep. Bill Pascrell included payments made in 2013 for rent in prior years. Those payments, which placed his office at the top of overall spending, have been reduced accordingly.

Purpose designations:
Rent: DISTRICT OFFICE RENT (FEDERAL), DISTRICT OFFICE RENT (PRIVATE), DISTRICT OFFICE PARKING
Decor: FURNITURE AND FIXTURE LESS THAN $25,000, FRAMING (TRANSFER), DRAPES, DRAPES QTY - 2, DRAPES QTY - 3, CARPET, FURNITURE AND FIXTURE LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 8, FURNITURE AND FIXTURES GREATER THAN OR =$25K, DRAPES QTY - 5
Equipment: EQUIP RENTAL (EFF 1/3/03), OFFICE EQUIP PURCH LESS THAN $25,000, EQUIPMENT PURCHASES, OFF EQ OPER LS(NON-COMP) LESS THAN $25K, OFFICE EQUIP PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 5, EQUIPMENT (TRANSFER), OFFICE EQUIP PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 2
Computers: COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000, COMPUTER SOFTW PURCH LESS THAN $10,000, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 3, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 4, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 9, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 2, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 5, COMPUTER SOFTW PURCH LESS THAN $10,000 QTY - 2, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH GREATER THAN OR =$25,000, COMPUTR SOFTW OPER LS LESS THAN $10,000, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 10, COMPUTER HARDW PURCH LESS THAN $25,000 QTY - 7