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Eric Cantor Blew $168K at Steak Houses; Dave Brat Spent $122K Overall
NBC News ^ | 06/11/2014

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 Virginia’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: davidbrat; ericcantor; itstheamnestystupid; virginia

1 posted on 06/11/2014 8:16:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"GOPe Leadership Out Of Touch"
2 posted on 06/11/2014 8:17:28 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Radicalized via the Internet)
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To: SeekAndFind
"$168,637 in 17 payments"

$10K per dinner?

3 posted on 06/11/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Radicalized via the Internet)
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To: SeekAndFind

Guess those Wall Street financiers aren’t big on burgers and fries.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 8:18:10 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen

RE: Guess those Wall Street financiers aren’t big on burgers and fries.

Harry Reid: “Nope, it was the Koch Brothers”


5 posted on 06/11/2014 8:19:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t this put the lie to the idea that money is buying elections?


6 posted on 06/11/2014 8:21:36 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Never trust a candidate who lives like a rock star.


7 posted on 06/11/2014 8:21:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

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


8 posted on 06/11/2014 8:22:19 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Uncle Miltie

Looks like Cantor was trying to keep up with the Obamas.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 8:22:32 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: cripplecreek

Especially if they are doing it on other people’s money.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 8:23:39 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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 ?

/sarc


11 posted on 06/11/2014 8:24:52 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: SeekAndFind
A perfect example of how corrupt and out of touch these career politicians are. With corporations stuffing their pockets, it is no wonder they feel they can ignore the people with impunity

At least the good guys finally won one here.

12 posted on 06/11/2014 8:25:09 AM PDT by turducken
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe Cantor was a good guy at one time. This item alone shows how corrupt and out of touch DC can make people.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 8:26:33 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Only when it’s a Republican. Dems still poor mouth and claim the money is evil...............


14 posted on 06/11/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

The 4 Ways Of Spending

1) Spend your own money on yourself.

2) Spend your own money on somebody else.

3) Spend somebody else’s money on yourself.

4) Spend somebody else’s money on somebody else.

Guess which category Eric Cantor ( self-professed conservative ) belongs to...


15 posted on 06/11/2014 8:32:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: HereInTheHeartland

It’s not just DC..............Sacramento, Albany, Philly, Boston.......etc............


16 posted on 06/11/2014 8:32:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 8:34:34 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Red Badger
“It’s not just DC..............Sacramento, Albany, Philly, Boston.......etc............”

VERY true.
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.

18 posted on 06/11/2014 8:42:37 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

“Doesn’t 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.”


19 posted on 06/11/2014 8:46:16 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


20 posted on 06/11/2014 8:50:07 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: HereInTheHeartland; SeekAndFind
HereInTheHeartland:" Maybe Cantor was a good guy at one time.
This item alone shows how corrupt and out of touch DC can make people."

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 !!

21 posted on 06/11/2014 8:52:12 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I suspect the 17 payments were for 17 monthly credit card bills, each of which must have covered several visits.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 8:59:10 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind
I wonder how much the GOPe will open their purses to help Brat's campaign now.

Second question: Is Cantor able to pull a Murcowski and run as an Independent? If I recall, she got GOPe money for that.

23 posted on 06/11/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Billthedrill

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.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 9:28:48 AM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Nope, it was the Koch Brothers”

. . . Or the Diaz Brothers.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 9:34:11 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

They ate steak at a place named for a long dead lame game-show host?


26 posted on 06/11/2014 9:44:20 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you’re litigating against nuns, you’ve probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: cyclotic
We were on a company rewards trip on Grand Cayman about 10 years ago. We made a bet with our sister company on who could spend more out for dinner. Our parent company was footing the bill. Twenty two of us went out for dinner. We were ordering just stupid things: lobster tails as side orders for everyone, Johnny Walker black, Cuban cigars, multiple Opus 1 bottles of wine, t-shirts for everybody, multiple deserts for everyone. It was ridiculous. We even paid for the dinner of another couple that was out on the terrace with us, because we were being so obnoxious. We won the bet, but still had a hard time getting over $10000 with tip. This was one of the most expensive restaurants on Grand Cayman.
27 posted on 06/11/2014 9:45:21 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: SeekAndFind

Who owns these establishments? What connections do they have to Cantor? And how much per meal was paid?


28 posted on 06/11/2014 9:51:19 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: cyclotic

I mean Johnny Walker blue.


29 posted on 06/11/2014 9:51:27 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

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.


30 posted on 06/11/2014 9:52:33 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: woodbutcher1963

Were you working for Charlie Rangel Companies?


31 posted on 06/11/2014 9:56:59 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: Dr. Sivana
They ate steak at a place named for a long dead lame game-show host?

I think it's a different Bobby Van. The Bobby Van who opened this restaurant, did it in 1969 and managed it as well. The game show host and singer/dancer with the same name on the other hand has been active on film and TV till he died in 1980.

I like the look of it. I might go and try it sometime.


Here's a short history of the business
32 posted on 06/11/2014 9:59:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
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...

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.

33 posted on 06/11/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
"$168,637 in 17 payments"

$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!

34 posted on 06/11/2014 12:30:08 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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What did cantor order? Steak with diamond toppings?


35 posted on 06/12/2014 7:13:44 AM PDT by The Right wing Infidel
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