Democrat Swalwell Splashes Thousands in Campaign Cash On Limos, Hotels, Alcohol
filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reveal lavish spending
Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA) spent thousands of dollars in campaign cash on limousine services, alcohol, and over $20,000 at a luxury hotel where his wife works.
Swalwell took 26 rides in various limousines and luxury car services which racked up over $10,000.
$26,000 was spent on luxury hotels.
Over $20,000 of campaign funds were spent at the Ritz Carlton and Half Moon Bay, where Swalwell's wife just happens to be sales director, the report added.
Swalwell also spent $566 on “Food & Beverage” through the delivery service Drizly, a “platform that facilitates the delivery of alcohol.”
In the second quarter, Swalwell spent $1,151 on “Refreshments” from Capitol Hill Wine and Spirit.
The liquor store is roughly a nine-minute walk from his office.
The campaign also spent almost $4,400 for “Catering” and “Refreshments” at two California wineries on the same day.
“While the payments to the wineries could have come from a campaign event, it is not clear that the seven charges at the Capitol Hill liquor store and nine Drizly charges were campaign-related,” Fox reported.
The campaign also spent $7,000 at luxury restaurants and steakhouses in the nation’s capital, the Californian’s FEC records showed.
The report noted he “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.”
$205 was also spent on “Supporter Appreciations” on the website “The Knot.”
The website focuses on wedding planning and ideas.
Democrats and their spouses, including Swalwell and his wife, went on a luxury all-expenses-paid trip to Qatar, paid for by the U.S.-Qatar Business Council, Business Insiders reported.
The report said a “private business group paid more than $84,000 to host them and three other House members.”
During that time, the world was being pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic.