"Montanans and all Americans are making responsible decisions and cutting unnecessary spending," Tester said. "Washington has to cut wasteful spending too, and advertising budgets are a good place to start."

Although Tester said some advertising spending is necessary, such as for military recruiting, he called the size of some departments’ budgets “unacceptable.”

According to a statement released by Tester, the Defense Department spent nearly $550 million on advertising, while the departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services spent nearly $225 million in 2010.