Pennsylvania congressmen spend thousands at Trump hotel, restaurant
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.