• The RNC Spent $773,000 on Office Supplies — Paper Clips, Liquor and the Like

    The DNC and the RNC released new financial disclosure forms last night, and it turns out both party committees spend nearly two-thirds of their money on staff perks, food, booze, luxury getaways and goodies for big donors. The DNC's 14-month tab for catering at the Washington Hilton? $176,000. The RNC's total spent on Dallas Cowboys tickets? $14,937.

    Of course, a major political committee also needs basic office supplies…

    The RNC's expenditures for "office supplies" in the period through February topped $773,000, according to a Post tally, including jelly beans for Steele's office and thousands of dollars' worth of liquor and wine.

    Although not asked to review specific party expenditures, Mindy Kramer, an Office Depot spokeswoman, said that in general, firms with 100 office workers — about the size of the RNC headquarters staff — spend $30,000 to $50,000 a year on supplies.

    Sure, but the average firm with 100 office workers doesn't have Michael Steele as a boss.

    So I imagine people spend a lot less time binge drinking under their desks.


    Tags: Alcohol, Democrats, DNC, Michael Steele, Money, Republicans, RNC

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