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The Truth-O-Meter checks Connie Mack's Penny Plan

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV faced accusations of using public money for campaigning when he sent an office mailer about his "Penny Plan" beyond his southwest Florida congressional district in May. Mack, R-Fort Myers, is running statewide for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Mack blamed the widespread mailing on the vendor who had also done campaign work for Mack. The vendor then reimbursed the government.

While who received the mailer drew much scrutiny, what the mailer actually said drew less attention.

Mack’s mailer was about a plan he introduced in May 2011 to balance the budget that he says is so basic it comes down to -- you guessed it -- a penny.

"The Mack Penny Plan is simple -- eliminate one penny out of every federal dollar spent," the mailer said. "Doing this would balance our budget by 2019 and restore economic freedom by reducing spending and bringing fiscal discipline to Washington. The Penny Plan continues to gain support and now has 70 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, as well as support from key senators like Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey and Rand Paul. If Florida families can cut one penny, or more, out of every dollar in their budgets, so can Washington."

We had a few questions about Mack’s plan:

• Does the math work -- would it balance the budget in eight years?

• How would Mack get to that 1 percent cut each year -- would it be across the board in every area, including Social Security and Medicare?

• Is it really gaining support? Or is it stalled?

PolitiFact picks apart Mack's Penny Plan. Check out this rap about the plan which says "Could a penny be enough? Oh a penny is plenty!"