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Hoyer Spent $17,945 in Tax Dollars in 2010 at ‘Corner Bakery’
CNSNews.com ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | Matt Cover

Posted on 08/08/2011 10:47:47 AM PDT by markomalley

(CNSNews.com) Then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spent $17,945.17 in tax dollars last year for “food and beverage” for his office purchased from the Corner Bakery in Washington, D.C., a pastry and coffee shop chain.

By comparison, then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent $16,176.04 for “food & beverage” and “bottled water” services provided by Joe Ragan’s Coffee, a Washington, D.C.-area coffee service and office-supply company. (See related story here.)

The expenditures were reported in the quarterly report published by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives—“Statement of Disbursements of the House—that itemizes the expenditures of all House leadership offices, membership offices and committees. (See chart - Rep.Hoyer Expenditures)

As majority leader, Hoyer made 87 total expenditures for “food and beverage” in calendar year 2010 at Corner Bakery--a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch items and also has a catering service.

Representative Hoyer’s average purchase from the Corner Bakery was $208.66. His largest purchase was $466.50 on April 22, 2010 and the two smallest were for $72.70 on June 15, 2010 and July 16, 2010.

Hoyer’s 87 separate purchases from the Corner Bakery in 2010 work out to an average of one purchase for every fourth day of the 365-day year. The records, however, show that Hoyer sometimes made multiple purchase from the Corner Bakery on the same day.  And, of course, Congress usually does not work on the weekends and is sometimes not in session.

Members of Congress are given an annual allowance to pay salaries and cover the costs of running their offices. Leadership offices—for the speaker, the majority leader and the minority leader--are given larger amounts than regular members’ offices. Hoyer’s allowance for his leadership office in fiscal 2010 (which ran from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010) was $2.5 million. (The speaker’s allowance in fiscal 2010 was $5.1 million and the minority leader’s was $4.6 million.)

During calendar year 2010, the Hoyer’s majority leader’s office spent a total of $3,078,194.73.

Corner Bakery--which has 119 locations nationwide--describes itself as a “casual neighborhood gathering place” and offers both dine-in and catering services, the latter of which account for 20 percent of its sales, according to its website

The Members’ Congressional Handbook, published by the House Administration Committee, says: “Members and employees may be reimbursed for food and beverage expenses incidental to an official and representational meeting that includes a person(s) who is not a Member or employee of the House.

“Members and employees may not be reimbursed for food and beverage expenses related to social activities or social events (e.g. hospitality, receptions, entertainment, holiday or personal celebrations, and swearing-in or inauguration day celebrations). Members and employees may not be reimbursed for the cost of alcoholic beverages.”

According to the House Administration Committee (which governs how members use their office budgets and approves their expense reports), leadership offices such as then-Majority Leader Hoyer’s are not governed by the committee’s regulations as a matter of practice.

Instead leadership office budgets are covered by House ethics rules and statutes, which, according to the Administration Committee, permit buying food and beverages.

“House Rules and statutes address the use of official funds and apply to House Leadership offices,” Administration Committee Spokeswoman Salley Wood told CNSNews.com. “They also permit such purchases.”

When asked what the $17,945.17 in tax dollars Hoyer spent at the Corner Bakery went to buy, Hoyer Spokeswoman Katie Grant told CNSNews.com that it was food for breakfast and lunch meetings.

“The office provides food and beverages at large breakfast and lunch meetings, as is common practice among leadership offices,” Grant said in an email.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 112th; federalspending; hoyer

1 posted on 08/08/2011 10:47:50 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Dough for donuts.


2 posted on 08/08/2011 10:51:05 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: markomalley

Power has it privileges, you can sponge freely off the tax payer.


3 posted on 08/08/2011 10:51:23 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: markomalley

Isn’t that less than one single trip for Madam Speaker Pelosi? And how many trips did Pelosi take during her tennure?


4 posted on 08/08/2011 10:52:09 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: markomalley

None of these people, RAT or RINO have a clue about how their constituents live. They consider these expenditures “normal” and that’s the real problem. Someone tell me how they are any different than say Robert Mugabee? I just imagine he thinks he’s doing the “right thing” for his “people” too.


5 posted on 08/08/2011 10:52:21 AM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: markomalley
Don't we pay these people enough to buy their own food?
6 posted on 08/08/2011 10:53:04 AM PDT by Species8472 (There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress)
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To: markomalley

Here is my question. Why don’t the states pay the expenses for their own representatives? Why does the Federal Govt pick up these expenses in the first place? It would make a lot more sense for TX or CA or wherever to pay for their own slippery codgers. I’m sure that stuff would get looked at a lot harder if it were coming out of state coffers. Or if not, the could blame themselves anyway.


7 posted on 08/08/2011 10:54:54 AM PDT by brytlea (Wake me when it's over...)
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To: markomalley

Meanwhile the rest of us are brown bagging it. A pox on both the parties. They are both corrupt.


8 posted on 08/08/2011 10:55:27 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: markomalley

That’s a lotta dough!................I bet he’s a loafer............


9 posted on 08/08/2011 10:56:05 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: brytlea

Or remove the House post office from the Capitol, and put in a Dunkin’ Donuts..


10 posted on 08/08/2011 10:57:50 AM PDT by ken5050 (uities)
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To: markomalley

Let the staff buy their own Starbuck’s whatever.


11 posted on 08/08/2011 11:01:53 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: brytlea

Nobody should be paying for it except those placing the orders. All the pols and their staff are paid very well. When I order out I don’t send the bill to my neighbor.


12 posted on 08/08/2011 11:01:57 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Species8472
Don't we pay these people enough to buy their own food?

We sure as hell do...

13 posted on 08/08/2011 11:03:38 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: goodwithagun
Meanwhile the rest of us are brown bagging it.

You can afford a bag..?

Wow.

14 posted on 08/08/2011 11:04:53 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: markomalley
Did Hoyer ask for "extra sugar?"

-PJ

15 posted on 08/08/2011 11:05:06 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: who knows what evil?
Lol. I actually use a plastic Walmart bag so I don't have to buy brown bags. It has nothing to do with Mother Earth and everything to do with they're free and I have them from grocery shopping anyway.
16 posted on 08/08/2011 11:07:52 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: markomalley

I’m interested in taking a closer look at Jerry Wadlers(D-ny) purchases on my dime..


17 posted on 08/08/2011 11:09:17 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: goodwithagun

‘Free’ items are all I can afford... :-)


18 posted on 08/08/2011 11:16:20 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: goodwithagun

I mean that every cost for the representatives (except the building itself) should be borne by the state. Everything. Why should the people of Mississippi support any of the costs for the representatives of say Texas or California? The shouldn’t. If the people of those states want to keep their representatives like kings or paupers it’s their own business.


19 posted on 08/08/2011 11:31:37 AM PDT by brytlea (Wake me when it's over...)
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To: markomalley

Before deciding to run forPresident, Barack Obama was giving something like 1.1% on an income of over a million.

If he’s just some private citizen, that’s his business.

But when he’s lecturing the American people about “paying their fair share,” he can just go shut up. I never heard of a person giving 1.1% on a $50,000 income, k let alone on over a million.

BarackOlypse is a Hypocritical Cheapskate, who just annoys me to death every time he opens his mouth.


20 posted on 08/08/2011 11:39:23 AM PDT by cookcounty (Nullius in Verba. "Take no man's word for it.")
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To: markomalley

Well, I’d rather have him sitting around eating breakfast with his staff at $17K a year than working on his usual bills that cost taxpayers $17K a second. Have an extra donut, Steny, and forget about working for a while. :)


21 posted on 08/08/2011 11:47:03 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: markomalley

Seems to me 435 members of Congress and their staff can afford to pay for their own coffee and donuts. I’m a federal employee and I do.

It’s a drop in the ocean but start the CUTS THERE!


22 posted on 08/08/2011 1:39:18 PM PDT by hattend (As always...FUJM)
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To: markomalley; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ..

Steny actually knows how to order stuff from the Corner Bakery? Amazing!

(Well, I’m sure he doesn’t, but he apparently knows how to ask a subordinate to do it for him.)

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


23 posted on 08/08/2011 9:12:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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