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Pennsylvania congressmen spend thousands at Trump hotel, restaurant

| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
House Transportation Committee Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, during the committee's hearing where United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz testified. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
House Transportation Committee Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, during the committee's hearing where United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz testified. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler, talks with the Tribune-Review about the GOP agenda in his Longworth House office in Washington on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
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U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler, talks with the Tribune-Review about the GOP agenda in his Longworth House office in Washington on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers rank among the biggest congressional spenders at properties owned by President Trump, according to a Washington Post report .

The Post said federal political committees, including ones affiliated with 40 congressional Republicans, gave nearly $1.3 million to Trump entities from Election Day 2016 through September.

Among congressional Republicans, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Bedford County spent the fourth-most at $9,277 and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Butler spent the ninth most at $2,155, according to the Post and Federal Election Commission records.

Spokesmen for Shuster and Kelly did not return messages.

FEC records show the Bill Shuster for Congress committee wrote a $6,037.50 check to Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 7 and three checks to the hotel's BLT Prime Steakhouse, including ones for $2,700 on March 1, $150 on April 7 and $390 on May 4. Descriptions for the spending included “event facility rental,” “meeting expense” and “event catering.”

The Mike Kelly for Congress committee paid BLT Prime Steakhouse $748.30 on March 31 and Trump International Hotel $203.40 on June 26, FEC records show. Both were listed as a “food and beverage expense.” Kelly's Keep America Rolling Political Action Committee paid Trump International Hotel $1,203.73 on Jan. 24 in what was listed as an “event expense.”

FEC records show the congressmen's campaign committees fared well on some of those dates.

Kelly's campaign received 15 contributions totaling $27,950 on March 31 and 18 contributions totaling $32,250 on June 26, while Shuster's campaign received two contributions totaling $7,500 on April 7 and 24 contributions totaling $53,600 on May 4, records show.

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