House Republicans Spend Ridiculous Amounts of Taxpayer Money Ordering Chick-fil-A
Republicans ordered dozens of times more food from the chain after its CEO condemned gay marriage in 2012.
In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy declared that redefining marriage was “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” Today, Congressional Republicans are obsessed with the Atlanta-based fried-chicken chain. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina even has the chain cater his birthday lunch party every year.
It’s been two and a half years since Carthy made his declaration, and still, “fried chicken practically permeates the walls of the Capitol,” reports National Journal. The numbers—taken from expenditure reports—are there to prove it. According to the news source,
Since Cathy made his controversial comments, House Republicans have spent nearly $13,000 in taxpayer money ordering Chick-fil-A, according to expenditure reports filed through July 2014 (the latest available). That’s the equivalent of 3,900 original chicken sandwiches, and it represents a 37-fold increase over the paltry $345 the House GOP had spent on Chick-fil-A the previous three years. (It also may be an undercount, since some receipts say only “food and beverage” without specifying a source.)
The Republican National Committee has doubled its Chick-fil-A spending, while the National Republican Congressional Committee spends more than 10 times as much as it used to.
Meanwhile, Democrats are definitely not eating “mor chikin.” National Journal reports,
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hasn’t spent a dime on Chick-fil-A since May 2012—and even then, it was for a single $6 meal. In a sign that Chick-fil-A remains a sensitive political topic, the offices of the two Democratic representatives who’ve placed an order since the gay-marriage flap—Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Terri Sewell of Alabama—both declined multiple requests to comment for this story.
Chick-fil-A still remains a sensitive political topic. But no matter how you feel about “redefining marriage,” you can’t deny that $13,000 is a lot of taxpayer money to spend on fast-food chicken sandwiches.
[via National Journal]