27 Jul 2017
Donors provide campaign money in exchange for political favors and votes. As long as the politicians deliver their end of the bargain, the donors don’t care how the campaign money is spent. They get it back from voters anyway, in the form of tax breaks, government contracts, and higher prices.
That’s why the swamp is so deep in Washington.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA10) is a perfect example.
Barbara Comstock has developed a taste for fine wine and restaurants. She also has access to almost unlimited campaign funding. Check out our previous coverage to learn more about where the money comes from:
- Meet Barbara Comstock’s Sugar Daddies
- Comstock Delivers for Big Bank Donors
- Transportation Industry Delivers for Comstock
- Government Contractors Flood Comstock with Cash (while she begs for more)
- Barbara Comstock Has a United Airlines Problem
- Comstock Sponsors Bill to Overturn Offshore Drilling Ban
- Comstock Filings Reveal Hidden Right Wing Donor Network
- Comstock Perfectly at Home in the Swamp
Her donors enable Comstock to spend thousands of dollars at the best area restaurants. She votes how she is told, and the campaign money keeps coming.
She prefers European cuisine, especially French dining.
Barbara’s Favorite Restaurants, (and How Much She Spends)
Source: Comstock FEC filings
- Bernaise (Upscale Parisian bistro & bar) $2482
- Central Michel Richard (Fine French dining) $3297
- Saint Germain Catering (Fine French catering) $7786
- L’Auberge (Classic French dishes) $600
- Belga Café (Fine Belgian food and beer) $465
- Acqua al 2 (Florentine fine dining) $6467
- Casa Luca (Stylish Italian eatery, wines on tap) $1331
- Landini Bros. (Italian dining with a romantic patio) $2424
- Sonoma (California restaurant and wine bar) $5312
- Tosca (Fine Northern Italian fare) $2156
- Ruth’s Cris Steak House (High end steak house) $1197
- Charlie Palmer Steak (Fine American dining) $8246
- Capitol Hill Club (Heart of the Swamp!) $9406
- Breaux Vineyards (Fine wine and a donor!) $3502
- Stone Tower Winery (Premium vineyard and tastings) $300
Comstock’s hard-working constituents don’t have millions in campaign funding. They pack their kids’ lunches and treat their families to an occasional dinner out.
Meanwhile, Barbara Comstock is living the dream.
So, the next time Comstock sends you a fund-raising letter like this one, go right ahead.
“And if you can afford a larger gift of $250, $500 or even $2,700 (the maximum amount), I’d be grateful for your sacrifice. “
Otherwise, Comstock might miss that new French restaurant opening on K Street next month.
And that would be a real sacrifice.