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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