Eric Cantor's reelection campaign spent more at steak houses than opponent Dave Brat spent on his entire campaign.
In a stunning upset, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House lost his primary challenge to tea party-backed economics professor Brat, who became the GOP nominee for Virginia’s 7th congressional district.
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According to FEC campaign finance data, Cantor's campaign spent $168,637 in 17 payments to both Bobby Van's Steak House and BLT Steak up until May 21.
Brat's campaign had spent a total of $122,793 in that same amount of time.
Until May 21, Cantor's campaign had raised $5,447,290 and spent $5,026,626. Brat raised a total of $206,663.
- Frank Thorp V
First published June 11 2014, 12:53 AM