To make his money go twice as far, he spent it in places run by his friends, like “over $20,000 at the luxury hotel where his wife used to work.” The only things missing were the hookers but, being independent contractors, they didn’t show up on the payroll. Everywhere California Democrat Eric Swalwell went, he left a trail of dollar bills behind him. One way to win friends and influence voters is to make them happy. It’s just been revealed that Swalwell spent “tens of thousands of campaign dollars on booze and limousine services.”
Follow the money
The party never ends when Eric Swalwell is around. Now we know why Nancy Pelosi likes him so much. The “tens of thousands of campaign dollars” he threw around like confetti went to “limo services, luxury hotels, high-end restaurants and alcohol delivery services.”
And that’s only over the second quarter. Faux News claims that they saw the records. All that money can buy a lot of influence.
Either Swalwell, his potential donors, or both, appear to have “been driven in style.” The FEC records verify his campaign spent “over $10,000 on 26 rides from various limousine and luxury car services.” That’s an average of $384.62 a ride.
Some wonder if it comes with a complementary escort as well. For that money, it should. “Swalwell’s campaign also spent over $26,000 on luxury hotels.”
Out of that pile, half the money went to “the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, where Swalwell’s wife was the director of sales of the hotel.” That should have made her popular to the bigwigs. The congressman didn’t forget Nancy Pelosi and her friends. Swalwell signed off on vouchers totaling $566 to alcohol delivery service Drizly. He wrote “nine separate orders ranging from $5.79 to $124.86” off as “Food & Beverage” expenses.
He also dropped $1,151 on “Refreshments” from “seven trips to Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, a liquor store local to the House side of the U.S. Capitol.” Then, there’s “almost $4,400 at two California wineries on the same day.” Those are listed under “Catering” and “Refreshments.”
The winery payments could likely be campaign related from an event but the conservative bean counters are asking a lot of questions about the money spent at the Capitol Hill liquor store and the liquor delivery charges.
Those seem to be of a much more personal nature and would be disallowed. It also seems that the Congressman enjoys his meals.
According to the leaked election commission records, Swalwell “spent over $7,000 at luxury restaurants and steakhouses in D.C.” He seems to love those power lunches and deal-making dinners. The liberal lawmaker “sat down for 13 in-person meals at Charlie Palmer Steak, O-Ku Sushi, STK Steakhouse at the Downtown New York City location and other high-end eateries.”
He probably got powerful concessions for the money he spent. Six entries listed as expenditures under the “Catering” category “showed Swalwell spent thousands of dollars on food at luxury restaurants, but those expenditures could also come from campaign events held in the capital.”
Everyone is wondering how $205 spent “on the website The Knot, where people list their wedding registries” could be a legitimate expense but it’s filed under “Supporter Appreciations.” It may not involve use of campaign money but everyone is questioning a trip to Qatar. “Swalwell, along with his wife, and other members of Congress traveled to Qatar on an all expenses-paid trip bankrolled by U.S.-Qatar Business Council”
They’re trying to buy his influence, it seems. The sponsors of the trip are “dedicated exclusively to enhancing the bilateral business relationship between the U.S. and Qatar.” If they want Swalwell’s support they need to lighten up on their social policies. In Qatar, “It is an offense to drink alcohol or be drunk in public.”