Campaign finance records show the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) PAC has been spending big on luxury resorts, restaurants, and entertainment, according to Washington Free Beacon.
The purpose of the CBC PAC is to help raise money for candidates, but the Beacon reports it puts most of its money towards administrative and fundraising purposes.
On the CBC PAC website, the group says its purpose is to increase “the number of African Americans in the U.S. Congress” and to “support non-Black candidates that champion our interests, and promote African American participation in the political process-with an emphasis on young voters.”
However, finance records have some questioning if this is truly where they are putting most of their effort.
As reported, the PAC made a $5,000 payment to one of the world’s top 50 tropical resorts in January 2016. Then, on March 21, 2016, the PAC paid another resort in the Virgin Islands, including spending $820 on taxicabs alone.
The report goes on to say the PAC spent $2,000 at Sweeny’s St. Croix Tours in the West Indies, and more than $4,500 was spent on catering at Un Amore, an Italian restaurant.
The expense reports don’t stop there, as the PAC spent most of its money in New York and D.C. Throughout the election cycle, the PAC spent over $40,000 at the Conrad Hotel, a luxury “all-suited” hotel in N.Y.C., and $18,000 at the St. Regis Hotel in D.C.
The report states tens of thousands of dollars were spent on luxury trips, high-end restaurants, and entertainment events such as iHeart Media Inc., which received $28,342 from the PAC for event tickets.
Overall, the PAC put $283,100 towards administrative expenses, $127,000 towards fundraising purposes, and only $91,000 to federal candidates.
For additional luxury expenditures reviews, view the report on the Beacon’s website.
When President Trump was challenged recently about the CBC, he said to set up the meeting and he would meet with them.
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