Possum Holler, beignets, and 43 cents: U.S. presidential campaign spending

Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:25pm EDT
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By Alana Wise and Luciana Lopez

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Running for president in the United States often involves juggling perception versus reality. In the 2016 race, touting your humble origins and frugal tastes has been part of the daily message for many candidates, even some of the wealthiest.

But the quarterly financial reports from the presidential contenders say a little more about how much they are spending, and where they are spending it, once the cameras are off.

For candidates, a presidential campaign is a whirlwind national tour, with expenses piling up for everything from hotels, meals and transportation to more mundane items such as office supplies, Internet services and even postage.

The reports filed on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission detail much of that daily campaign life, in some cases pulling back the curtain on the contenders for the November 2016 White House election.

For former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, the restaurant names on his filing line up with his folksy image - if not the bill totals.

The “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” author spent more than $3,000 at Possum Holler Catering, $1,000 at Doe’s Eat Place, and $870 at Jethro’s Jambalaya.

But Donald Trump, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host who estimates his net worth above $10 billion, showed a penchant for fast food.

Since his mid-June campaign launch, the real-estate magnate's campaign has spent more than $450 at McDonald's, $60 on meals at Wendy's, and even he expensed a $6 purchase at a restaurant called Beignet Done That.   Continued...

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during a "Roast & Ride" campaign event sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup