When I was growing up the common phrase was always “party like a rock star”, however maybe it should have been “live like a politician”. We went through the campaign finance expenses and again some of the expenses are just ridiculous. Republican candidates expensed $2.5 million at the Capitol Hill Club. On the Capital Hill Club website we stumbled onto the House Rules. Rule 9 states “No member shall carry on or transact any business or indulge in the practice of any profession in the Club at any time”. If they are not doing business, they why are the donors pay for it.
Another good one is the Hotel Del Coronado. 38 visits for a total of $690 thousand at an average of $18 thousand per visit. If you do not know, the Hotel Del Coronado is a beautiful historic hotel near San Diego right on the beach. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne looks to be just as nice but on the Atlantic coast. Candidates spent $568 thousand over just 6 visits there. If we look at restaurant expenses, candidates spent $564 thousand (avg. $742) at Bistro Bis, $576 thousand (avg. $946) at Charlie Palmer Steak, $518 thousand (avg. $1,137) at Acqua AL 2 and $434 thousand (avg. $977) at the Capitol Grille.
What is even more ridiculous is that candidates spent $150 thousand at Disney Resorts. Yes, if you have donated money there is a good chance that you helped fund someone’s trip to Disney World. Chick-Fil-A also received $113 thousand donation dollars. Those that boycott Chick-Fil-A, might not be happy to learn that their candidate probably still goes there a lot. $113 thousand buys you 32 thousand chicken sandwiches. That is 53 sandwiches a day since the beginning of 2017…
So the next time you are taking the family to Chuck-A-Rama or staying at a Holiday Inn, maybe save your political donation and spend it on something worthwhile.
How many of the below establishments have you visited?