Skip to comments.Eric Cantor Blew $168K at Steak Houses; Dave Brat Spent $122K Overall
Posted on 06/11/2014 8:16:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Eric Cantor's reelection campaign spent more at steak houses than opponent Dave Brat spent on his entire campaign.
In a stunning upset, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House lost his primary challenge to tea party-backed economics professor Brat, who became the GOP nominee for Virginias 7th congressional district.
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According to FEC campaign finance data, Cantor's campaign spent $168,637 in 17 payments to both Bobby Van's Steak House and BLT Steak up until May 21.
Brat's campaign had spent a total of $122,793 in that same amount of time.
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$10K per dinner?
Guess those Wall Street financiers aren’t big on burgers and fries.
RE: Guess those Wall Street financiers arent big on burgers and fries.
Harry Reid: “Nope, it was the Koch Brothers”
Doesn’t this put the lie to the idea that money is buying elections?
Never trust a candidate who lives like a rock star.
Sounds like it. Not clear precisely how many lobbyists were fed at these gatherings, 200 bucks a head at such a thing would be about the going rate I think. I wonder how many Chamber of Commerce swine got more than one steak bought
Looks like Cantor was trying to keep up with the Obamas.
Especially if they are doing it on other people’s money.
Doesn’t everyone spend $168K at steak houses?!
God Lord, we’re not ALL economists out here! How are we to know that’s silly ?
At least the good guys finally won one here.
Maybe Cantor was a good guy at one time. This item alone shows how corrupt and out of touch DC can make people.
Only when it’s a Republican. Dems still poor mouth and claim the money is evil...............
The 4 Ways Of Spending
1) Spend your own money on yourself.
2) Spend your own money on somebody else.
3) Spend somebody elses money on yourself.
4) Spend somebody elses money on somebody else.
Guess which category Eric Cantor ( self-professed conservative ) belongs to...
It’s not just DC..............Sacramento, Albany, Philly, Boston.......etc............
FYI there are ZERO Bobby Van’s in Richmond are; only Manhattan and DC. Too much to expect Cantor and company to actually attempt to conduct a campaign from his district? At least Cantor and staff got some nice steak dinners on the dime of his K-Street masters.
The main issue is having too much government everywhere on all levels. Reagan was the last one who really understood this. Take their money away and their power diminishes.
As the Founders intended.
“Doesnt this put the lie to the idea that money is buying elections?”
NO! Unfortunately, money usually trumps substance because it usually supplants an effective message. Brat had a good message and delivered it very well. What we really need is more candidates who are intelligent, not just some self-important lawyer who’s looking for a cushy job where he doesn’t really have to work! What do you call a failed lawyer: “ Either Your Honor or Congressman.”
Oh, yeah - can’t count the number of times I’ve dropped ten grand at a restaurant. The hard part is finding out if they’re adding 15% to the bill before it reaches you. I mean, if it’s a party of less than six and they haven’t, they you’ve just stiffed the waiter. Bad politics.
Freshman legislators are initially evaluated by how much money they can bring to their political party
and not by how much constructive legislation they can create.
SO the recent Freshman spends 8-10 hours each day to demonstrate their economic value to the party,
and not allegiance to the core values that got them elected in the first place.
The remaining 4 hours per day is spent answering constituent questions and problems, and inquiring about pending legislation.
THis is how it has always been in machine politics , .. and needs to be changed !!
I suspect the 17 payments were for 17 monthly credit card bills, each of which must have covered several visits.
Second question: Is Cantor able to pull a Murcowski and run as an Independent? If I recall, she got GOPe money for that.
I was at a high end steakhouse for a company dinner. There was a minimum order amount for use of the private dining room. The minimum was about $2,000. With 15 of us, we had trouble hitting it.
Nope, it was the Koch Brothers
. . . Or the Diaz Brothers.
They ate steak at a place named for a long dead lame game-show host?
Who owns these establishments? What connections do they have to Cantor? And how much per meal was paid?
I mean Johnny Walker blue.
While I’ve never been one to intentionally scrimp on an expense account, I’ve never been inclined to abuse it, either. I order what I like on the menu, maybe a glass of wine. Maybe dessert and coffee if it was an especially satisfying meal and I had the time. It’s just something that strikes me as wrong, blowing money for the sake of blowing it. Probably the only thing I’ve done regularly that some might regard as a little much, and even that was approved beforehand, has been hiring a black car service for business trips to Manhattan. I really detest public transportation and even the cabs are smelly with surly drivers that don’t seem to be the most stable individuals. Not everything is in walking distance no matter where you’re staying. Makes a big difference, having a car available within a half hour’s notice.
Were you working for Charlie Rangel Companies?
Imagine how this pains somebody like Hillary Clinton, who's struggled and scraped her way through life, with little to rely on but her gritty integrity, bubbly personality, and a dash of full-bodied sexiness.
Goodbye Cantor! I'm sure you'll continue eating prime steaks as you still schmooz with all the other pampered politicians. Only this time, you'll be picking up the check. Then you'll be reimbursed by your employer, of course, so you still won't have to spend a dime of your own money.
Meanwhile, Hillary will have to eat completely different steaks, bought for her by completely different people. She'll struggle on.
$10K per dinner?
Why must you take the negative view? Perhaps Cantor was just doing his part to help out the little people by leaving really really big tips..............................NAAAAAH!
What did cantor order? Steak with diamond toppings?