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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, December 07, 2023

The Terranea Resort is known for its ocean views, world-ranked spa and villas that can command $3,000 a night or more. The property is less well known as a gathering spot for federal elected officials and the campaign donors they wine and dine. But one politician was very familiar with the luxurious resort: former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. In 2 years, the Bakersfield Republican's election committees dropped nearly a quarter of a million dollars at Terranea, with most of the money coming from a thinly regulated leadership PAC, a Times investigation has found. From 2012 through last June, McCarthy's PAC shelled out more than $1 million on hotels, private air travel and eateries, the FEC records show. That's more than double the combined total spent by the leadership PACs of the seven other lawmakers who've held the top House and Senate positions for their parties during all or part of that period, according to the Times analysis.

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"It's hard to overstate how much McCarthy's leadership PAC has outspent those of other congressional leaders on hotels, meals and private jets. For example, the leadership PAC controlled by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), whom McCarthy succeeded as speaker, spent a total of about $17,000 in those three categories from 2012 through last June, compared to McCarthy's $1 million-plus, according to The Times' analysis.
Apart from Pelosi, the rounded-off spending totals in that time for hotels, meals and private jets for the other leaders were: Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), $106,000; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), $48,000; House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), $16,000; former Speakers John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Paul Ryan (R-Ill.), $85,000 and $76,000, respectively; and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), $87,000. Boehner, Ryan, Reid and Jeffries did not hold office for all of the years The Times analysis covered. (The leadership PAC for current House Speaker Mike Johnson, the Louisiana Republican who attained the top job after the period The Times examined, spent $27,000 on lodging from the start of his House tenure in 2017 through last June.)"

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-12-07 03:55 PM | Reply

"When you look at the Democrats, they actually look like America. When I look at my party, we look like the most restrictive country club in America."

Republican former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

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#2 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2023-12-07 03:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The House GOP is going to miss fmr Spkr McCarthy's fund-raising abilities. How well does Spkr Johnson do in fundraising?

My guess is that fmr Spkr McCarthy may start visiting the home districts of some House GOP members for campaigning purposes, and I don't mean campaigning in favor of people like Rep Gaetz. I do not think that fmr Spkr McCarthy is going o go away quietly...


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 04:33 PM | Reply

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