Gazette spinning for Lamborn

This table on the front page of the Gazette today purported to compare the postal expenditures of several Colorado congressmen. It accompanied the headline LAMBORN RACKS UP MAILING CHARGES.
Table purporting to compare mailing expenditures 
If you didn’t read the text, but glanced briefly at this list, might you conclude that GOP Representative Doug Lamborn spent LESS than his constituents? Can you see how they did that?
Although ranked in order of excess, the Gazette used improperly justified asterisks to skew the columns and make the lower figures appear bigger. When this wasn’t sufficient, they appended decimals. The Gazette elected further to use proportional- spacing to make Lamborn’s $41,691 look smaller even than Salazar’s $2,004.

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