Republicans say EFF you poor babies,,,,free food/drink is only for congress
This is the numbers from 2010...here is a link for 2013
Congress' Food Tab: $604,000 for Bottled Water, $152 at Quiznos; Crave ribs? Bagels and coffee or doughnuts? Seafood, subs or Chinese? So does Congress!
House members spent part of their Members Representational Allowances (MRA's) on these items -- and more -- during the nine-month period between late 2009 and early 2010 covered by the Sunlight Foundation's House Expenditure Reports Database.
The info is highly enlightening, revealing, for instance, the popularity of Chantilly Donuts; what it costs to feed hungry congressional pages; and how lucrative it can be to own a part of the cottage industry of keeping our duly elected representatives fed and well hydrated.
According to the documents, one company in particular raked in the taxpayer dough: CapitolHost.
At least 61 legislators and 20 congressional offices used the CapitolHost catering service, to the tune of about $169,143. But that's only the tip of the iceberg salad, as you'll see below. To read more of AOL News' audit of Congress' expense reports, please visit the first installment in this series (link at site).
Note: Unfortunately, we can't tell you how many burgers your representative ate. The disbursements data only itemizes where the various offices spent their money, not what they bought. (Before going digital, the disbursements did in fact get that specific.)
The House's overall tab-----$2.6 million spent on food and beverages for reps and their staffers. $604K Spent on bottled water -- in 19,000 individual line items, many for Nestle's Deer Park water-delivery subsidiary
$397K Spent on catering -- CapitolHost is easily the largest caterer serving the House, though there's plenty to go around here $135K Spent on meals at restaurants of all shapes and sizes, including $152 at Quiznos
Who Ate All That Food? Congressional pages Don't Work on an Empty Stomach. One of the top overall food expenses was logged to FreedomPay, a company that makes it easy to buy food in the cafeteria without cash -- something that seems less necessary as an employee using a debit or credit card, but more so when you're a junior in high school.
The expense was tied to the Page Revolving Fund, set aside for all those teenagers who do congressional grunt work. (The fund also paid for a number of nonfood things like "resident activities" and piano maintenance.) Thanks to FreedomPay expenditures, the pages' office plunked down more for food than any other House office.$209,673 Amount spent by the Page Revolving Fund $140,027 Amount that went to FreedomPay -- by far the fund's biggest expense»
Other top food-purchasing offices: In second place is the Democratic Caucus, which spent more than half of its $193,557 in food expenditures on a weekend getaway at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Waaaaaaay behind that is the Office of the Speaker, which spent nearly three-quarters of its $83,341 in expenditures with Occasions Caterers.
Maybe it should be renamed the Chow-Down Committee? The House Committee on Foreign Affairs spent $40,479 on food, all of it on catering. The total was five times the amount spent by the next-hungriest committee, Homeland Security.
Which Party Is Hungrier? Because we wanted to compare the two parties' equivalent offices, we left the speaker out of it. The Office of the Speaker did, however, spend $83,341, most of it with one catering company. But beyond Nancy Pelosi, here's how offices common to both parties -- majority and minority leaders and whips, as well as party caucuses -- spent money on food:$298,734
Amount spent by the Democratic Party's largest offices -- the Democratic Caucus, the Office of the Majority Leader and the Office of the Majority Whip $202,927 Amount spent by the Republican Party's largest offices -- the Republican Conference, the Office of the Minority Leader and the Office of the Minority WhipWhat Democrats bought.
Call it a Staffers' Binge. Beyond the already-mentioned weekend getaway to Williamsburg, Va. (which cost $114,925), three top staffers -- two for the Democratic Caucus and one for the majority whip -- were reimbursed as individuals for $87,611. Those four items alone account for $202,536 of the total -- or nearly what the GOP's main offices spent. Other details:$985
The amount Democratic leadership spent on Chantilly Donuts $2,362
The amount Democratic leadership spent at Corner Bakery Cafe $4,543
The amount Democratic leadership spent with Coca-Cola EnterprisesWhat Republicans bought
Hard to say, as Most of it is hidden behind debit cards. The bulk of GOP reps' expenses -- around $144,146 -- was spent through Citibank, so there's no itemized data. Another $34,427, however, was spent with CapitolHost, by far the largest catering company they used. Other details: $2,076
The amount GOP leadership spent on Chantilly Donuts $9,374
The amount GOP leadership spent with coffee companies $4,651
The amount GOP leadership spent with Coca-Cola Enterprises