WASHINGTON -

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan sought more food stamp benefits, stimulus cash and other government support behind the scenes as a member of Congress.

An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of documents found he voiced support for the types of government assistance he now rails against as Mitt Romney's running mate.

Letters obtained via public-records requests show Ryan asking for cash under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus program or health care law. Ryan has vocally criticized both on the campaign trail.

Ryan's spokesman said the letters are nothing more than Ryan doing his job by helping constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy.

View Ryan's correspondence