It's GOTV Weekend—What Are Candidates Feeding Volunteers?

By Ryan Hughes (@RyanHughesCA)
Nov. 3, 2018


If you went down to your local Assembly candidate's campaign office to volunteer—right now—what might they feed you to keep you working hard?

It's GOTV Weekend, the final opportunity to hit the pavement and phones to Get-Out-The-Vote for Election Day. Thousands of volunteers from both parties are out across the state trying to mobilize voters for Tuesday.

It's hard work, and campaigns have to keep volunteers happy. One part of that is keeping their army of canvassers and phone bankers fed. So I wanted to check in on what candidates are feeding their volunteers this election cycle.

The full methodology is described at the end of this page, but the short version is this: I teased out all expenditures on food for volunteers by candidates (not political parties) while excluding all food for constituent meetings, dinners with Capitol staff/lobbyists, and fundraisers.

All told, as of October 25, 2018, some $24,580.03 shows up statewide in candidates' campaign reports as having been spent feeding campaign volunteers. That works out to 2,855 large pizzas from Domino's—but how did candidates really spend that money?

TypeSpent Statewide
Mexican$5,246.78
Pizza$3,265.08
Store-Bought$3,159.65
Coffee$1,996.88
Subway$1,412.81
Burgers$796.28
Other$8,702.55

Full data behind this chart appears at the end of this analysis.

Mexican Food is King

The stereotype that campaigns will phone in pizza (likely Domino's) in order to feed volunteers as cheaply and as easily as possible appears to be unfounded, as Mexican food comes in the favorite.

Spending most in dollars and frequency on Mexican food was Sabrina Cervantes (D-AD60), who purchased $2,223.75 worth on five occasions from three places, most of which came from Taqueria 2 Potrillos. Second place, in terms of frequency, was Frank Scotto (R-AD66), who went with El Burrito Jr. in Torrance four times.

Pizza Came in Second—But Not Thanks to National Chains

Pizza came in a strong second, but many campaigns appear to favor local pizzerias over national chains. Perhaps candidates have relationships with those local businesses in their districts, or perhaps a few extra bucks is worth a superior pie.

Bob Hertzberg (D-SD18) appears partial to Napoli's Pizza Kitchen, while Jordan Cunningham (R-AD35) likes Ricky's House of Pizza.

Campaigns are Buying a Variety of Food for Volunteers

Buying the same food repeatedly is bound to frustrate volunteers, so it should come as no surprise that campagings are tending to mix up their purchases.

Tyler Diep (R-AD72) got food from Habana in Costa Mesa, Tsuruhashi, and The Smoking Ribs (twice) for volunteers. Meanwhile, Eleni Kounalakis (D-LG) got her volunteers House of Nanking.

Stray Observations

Of all the food purchased from coffeeshops, only one expenditure came from a store that was not Starbucks. That was by Jacalyn Smith (D-AD06), who bought from Coffee Republic in Folsom.

Only one campaign purchased Papa John's following John Schnatter's downfall as Papa John's CEO: Frank Scotto (R-AD66).

And—the only candidate to buy In-N-Out for volunteers was... Sabrina Cervantes (D-AD60).

All data from candidate expenditures on volunteer food follows.

Mexican Food

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Eleni Kounalakis (D)LGOle Ole Burrito7/14/18, Meals for 11 people (including candidate, one authorized individual and one member of candidate's household) for lunch with campaign team and volunteers$112.797/14/2018
Frank Scotto (R)AD66El Burrito Jr. Inc.09/26-Volunteer Meals, 9, Torrance, CA Candidate-Yes$78.1810/20/2018
Frank Scotto (R)AD66El Burrito Jr. Inc.10/03-Volunteer Meals, 16, Torrance, CA Candidate-Yes$121.6910/20/2018
Frank Scotto (R)AD66El Burrito Jr. Inc.10/10-Volunteer Meals, 9, Torrance, CA Candidate-Yes$64.1310/20/2018
Frank Scotto (R)AD66El Burrito Jr. Inc.10/17-Volunteer Meals, 9, Torrance, CA Candidate-Yes$65.1310/20/2018
Freddie Rodriguez (D)AD52Tropical Mexico6/02/18 Dinner for volunteers 14 persons including candidate and a family member$285.056/4/2018
Jim Frazier (D)AD11Dos Coyotes Border Cafe6/23/18, Volunteer Lunch, 16$249.006/30/2018
Michael Eng (D)SD22Barbosa TacosFood for Volunteer Event$490.0010/3/2018
Ricardo Lara (D)ICTacos Sin Karma6/12/18 - Meals for 13 people (including candidate) for campaign volunteers$600.006/12/2018
Robert Hertzberg (D)SD18Nada Fresh Mexican Grill5/27/18, Food for Volunteers$183.415/27/2018
Robert Hertzberg (D)SD18Ranchos Onsite Tacos6/5/18, Food for Volunteers$773.656/6/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Miguel's California Mexican Cocina6/3/18, Food for Volunteers$292.826/3/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Taqueria 2 Portillos9/6/18, Food for Volunteers$151.999/6/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Taqueria 2 Portillos9/15/18, Food for Volunteers$169.199/15/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60El Pollo Loco9/23/18, Food for Volunteers$103.419/23/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Taqueria 2 Portillos10/13/18, Food for Volunteers$1,506.3410/10/2018


Pizza

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Adam Gray (D)AD21Pizza Factory$128.704/16/2018
Eduardo Garcia (D)AD56Domino'sFood for Volunteers$100.004/25/2018
Frank Scotto (R)AD66Papa John's Pizza07/12-Volunteer Meals, 12, Torrance, CA Candidate-Yes$102.108/10/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVPizza Hut$67.752/22/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVPizza Hut2/23/18, Campaign Meeting, 50$115.382/23/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVPizza Hut$74.442/24/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVPizza Hut4/14/18, Food for Volunteers$351.004/14/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVPizza Hut4/15/18, Food for Volunteers$199.334/15/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVPizza Hut$34.705/15/2018
Jacalyn Smith (D)AD06Pizza Guys$55.9210/3/2018
Jacalyn Smith (D)AD06Pizza Guys$70.9210/4/2018
Jacalyn Smith (D)AD06Pizza Guys$34.5510/8/2018
Jordan Cunningham (R)AD35Ricky's House of Pizza09/24-Volunteer Meals, 8, Santa Maria, CA - Candidate No$33.8910/20/2018
Jordan Cunningham (R)AD35Ricky's House of Pizza10/01-Volunteer Meals, 6, Santa Maria, CA - Candidate No$32.2710/20/2018
Jordan Cunningham (R)AD35Ricky's House of Pizza10/09-Volunteer Meals, 6, Santa Maria, CA - Candidate No$35.5010/20/2018
Malia Cohen (D)BOE02Long Bridge Pizza Co.Food for volunteers$101.242/3/2018
Michael Eng (D)SD22Pizza Place California$544.862/14/2018
Michelle Singleton (D)AD67Pizza FactoryDinner for Campaign Volunteers$58.3110/11/2018
Michelle Singleton (D)AD67Pizza Factory$46.3310/18/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Round Table Pizza3/29/18, Food for Volunteers, 8$120.143/29/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Round Table Pizza4/28/18, Food for Volunteers, 12, Candidate$130.094/28/2018
Robert Hertzberg (D)SD18Napoli's Pizza Kitchen6/2/18, Food for Volunteers$140.076/2/2018
Robert Hertzberg (D)SD18Napoli's Pizza Kitchen6/4/18, Food for Volunteers$134.606/4/2018
Robert Rivas (D)AD30Round Table Pizza$48.143/23/2018
Robert Rivas (D)AD30Round Table Pizza$94.334/15/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Lampost Pizza9/15/18, Food for Volunteers$105.009/15/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Dominos Pizza10/19/18, Food for Volunteers$177.8610/19/2018
Thomas Lackey (R)AD36Pizza HutFood/Beverage$127.666/4/2018


Store-Bought Food

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Catharine Baker (R)AD16Costco WholesaleVolunteer food/supplies$164.875/19/2018
Catharine Baker (R)AD16Costco WholesaleFood for precinct walking volunteers (6/5/18)$134.216/5/2018
Catharine Baker (R)AD16Costco WholesaleFood for Volunteers$125.5910/2/2018
Christy Smith (D)AD38Ralphs StoreFood for volunteers$114.978/16/2018
Christy Smith (D)AD38Ralphs StoreFood for volunteers$125.009/19/2018
Christy Smith (D)AD38Smart & FinalSnacks for volunteers$16.9610/10/2018
Freddie Rodriguez (D)AD52CostcoBeverages for volunteers$188.605/11/2018
Michael Eng (D)SD22Costco (MP)Food for Volunteers$626.366/7/2018
Michael Eng (D)SD22CostCo AlhambraFood for Volunteers$607.648/6/2018
Michael Eng (D)SD22CostcoFood for Volunteers$416.178/30/2018
Michael Eng (D)SD22CostcoFood for Volunteers$101.629/4/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Safeway5/19/18, Food for Volunteers, 30, Candidate and Spouse$223.225/19/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Costco5/19/18, Food for Volunteers, 30, Candidate and Spouse$105.115/19/2018
Robert Poythress (R)SD12CostcoVolunteer Snacks$104.369/18/2018
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)AD65Stater Brothers Market10/14/18, Food for Volunteers, 40$104.9710/14/2018


Coffee

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Anthony Rendon (D)AD63Starbucks CommerceBeverages only.$200.001/26/2018
Anthony Rendon (D)AD63Starbucks Long BeachBeverages only.$100.006/29/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48Starbucks$6.927/8/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48Starbucks$5.258/31/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48Starbucks$4.7510/16/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48Starbucks$7.7010/18/2018
Brian Dahle (R)AD01Starbucks$500.009/26/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$1.951/5/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$5.701/11/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$6.901/13/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$5.901/14/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$1.951/18/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.002/14/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.952/18/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$5.453/12/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.453/14/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.703/15/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$1.953/20/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$8.203/25/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$5.703/25/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.753/27/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.953/27/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$9.853/27/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.203/29/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$9.204/6/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.754/16/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.154/18/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$3.754/24/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$1.954/25/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$10.654/28/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.355/12/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.455/15/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.155/24/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$12.356/4/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$6.206/18/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.606/18/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.406/19/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$6.206/20/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$5.956/20/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.456/22/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.156/25/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$26.556/30/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.157/9/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$6.207/12/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.157/17/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.157/18/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.158/3/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$7.158/14/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$2.959/10/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$26.809/10/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$4.509/11/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$28.759/15/2018
Gavin Newsom (D)CAGOVStarbucks$6.0710/6/2018
Jacalyn Smith (D)AD06Coffee Republic$58.945/4/2018
Janet Nguyen (R)SD34STARBUCKS$100.006/5/2018
Janet Nguyen (R)SD34STARBUCKS$100.008/31/2018
Janet Nguyen (R)SD34STARBUCKS$100.0010/9/2018
Kevin Kiley (R)AD06Starbucks$153.906/19/2018
Michelle Singleton (D)AD67STARBUCKS$11.706/30/2018
Sunday Gover (D)AD77Starbucks$9.352/2/2018
Sunday Gover (D)AD77StarbucksAppetizers Only$200.008/20/2018
Susan Rubio (D)SD22Starbucks$15.454/28/2018
Susan Rubio (D)SD22Starbucks$100.004/30/2018
Susan Rubio (D)SD22Starbucks$8.905/28/2018
Susan Rubio (D)SD22Starbucks$4.808/13/2018
Susan Rubio (D)SD22Starbucks$2.458/30/2018
Susan Rubio (D)SD22Starbucks$3.9510/8/2018


Subway

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Catharine Baker (R)AD16SubwayFood for phone bank volunteers (6/4/18)$294.796/5/2018
Eduardo Garcia (D)AD56SubwayFood for Volunteers$119.974/25/2018
Robert Hertzberg (D)SD18Subway9/13/18, Food for Volunteers$159.969/13/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Subway9/11/18, Food for Volunteers$105.579/11/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Subway9/28/18, Food for Volunteers$129.279/28/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Subway10/14/18, Food for Volunteers$603.2510/10/2018


Burgers

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$11.451/2/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$9.931/15/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.452/1/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$9.373/9/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$4.923/16/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$10.923/17/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$7.643/23/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$18.103/27/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.673/29/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$7.654/14/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$8.764/20/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$27.024/29/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$22.935/1/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$18.035/11/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$5.505/29/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$7.316/2/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.826/5/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$7.646/16/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$16.276/17/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.996/19/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$4.816/30/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$4.087/4/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.997/5/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.117/6/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.997/9/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$17.587/11/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.117/12/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$15.147/31/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$4.378/2/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.998/9/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$12.688/11/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.998/15/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.828/17/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.168/22/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$14.689/1/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.249/5/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$2.179/11/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$3.999/12/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.019/20/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$32.699/23/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$4.609/24/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$5.469/24/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$5.899/25/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.339/29/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$13.459/30/2018
Blanca Rubio (D)AD48McDonalds$6.3810/4/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$11.287/2/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$1.637/2/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$5.657/3/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$5.017/6/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$18.597/6/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$2.177/9/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$5.297/9/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$3.697/11/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$2.177/12/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$7.427/16/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$2.177/16/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$18.607/17/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$7.707/23/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$2.177/24/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$5.327/31/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$7.288/28/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$2.179/12/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$2.729/15/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$4.959/18/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$8.739/20/2018
Melissa Hurtado (D)SD14McDonald's$35.6810/6/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60In N Out10/19/18, Food for Volunteers$219.8110/19/2018


Other

CandidateDistrictPayeeDescription (If Provided)AmountDate
Anna Caballero (D)SD12Crazy Horse Saloon4/20/18, Volunteer Meeting, 12$225.004/20/2018
Anthony Rendon (D)AD63Mr. Pollo6/5/2018. Meals for 7 people for volunteer meeting.$102.856/14/2018
Bill Brough (R)AD73Hennesseys Tavern6/1 Volunteer Strategy Meeting & Beverage Costs$92.006/1/2018
Catharine Baker (R)AD16The GrowlerFood for precinct walking volunteers (6/2/18)$294.796/5/2018
Edwin Chau (D)AD49ABC Cafe9/5/18, Food for Volunteers$168.939/5/2018
Eleni Kounalakis (D)LGHouse of Nanking6/2/18, Meals for 20 individuals (including K. Maeder) for campaign volunteers$201.746/30/2018
Fiona Ma (D)TREASToscana CafeThank you Dinner - Volunteers; CDP Convention; (P)$623.432/24/2018
Freddie Rodriguez (D)AD52Claudia RubioDonuts for volunteers$29.975/21/2018
Freddie Rodriguez (D)AD52Hugo Rodriguez6/2/18 Taco Catering for the volunteers$599.005/30/2018
Jim Frazier (D)AD11Tony's on the Pier10/13/18, Food for Volunteers, 6$137.6210/20/2018
Jim Frazier (D)AD11Da Maat Korean Restaurant10/13/18, Food for Volunteers, 6$109.1710/20/2018
Jim Nielsen (R)SD04La BouFood for volunteers (5/22/18)$193.736/4/2018
Malia Cohen (D)BOE02Hilton San Diego BayfrontFood for volunteers$53.012/23/2018
Michelle Singleton (D)AD67PaneraLunch for Campaign Volunteers$93.9010/11/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Mount St. Helena Brewing Company2/11/18, Food for Volunteers, 19$135.622/11/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Applebee's3/29/18, Food for Volunteers, 5, Candidate$118.823/29/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Bianchinis4/14/18, Food for Volunteers, 16, Candidate and Spouse$143.134/14/2018
Mike Mc Guire (D)SD02Killer Shrimp5/11/18, Dinner with Volunteers, 7, Candidate and Jason Liles-Authority to Approve Expenditures$253.625/11/2018
Phil Ting (D)AD19Dream Fluff Donuts4/28/18, Food for Volunteers, 30$108.054/28/2018
Ricardo Lara (D)ICMary Jane's2/25/18 - Meals for 30 people (including candidate) for campaign volunteers and supporters$1,100.214/12/2018
Ricardo Lara (D)ICSpaghetti Factory2/24/18 - Meals for 6 campaign volunteers$264.734/12/2018
Ricardo Lara (D)ICSpaghetti Factory2/24/18 - Meals for 5 campaign volunteers$113.964/12/2018
Rob Bonta (D)AD18Judoku Sushi6/2/18, Food for Volunteers$846.096/2/2018
Robert Hertzberg (D)SD18Spaghetti Connection Prince of Venice6/24/18, Food for Volunteers$258.756/24/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Black Horse Tavern & Grill4/7/18, Food for Volunteers$148.044/7/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Thai Variety9/19/18, Food for Volunteers$145.479/19/2018
Sabrina Cervantes (D)AD60Punjab Palace10/13/18, Food for Volunteers$739.0010/10/2018
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)AD65Cortina's Italian Market - Anaheim9/25/18, Food for Volunteers, 25$144.249/25/2018
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)AD65China Wall Restaurant10/6/18, Food for Volunteers, 20$133.5710/6/2018
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)AD65Golden Bowl Teriyaki10/14/18, Food for Volunteers, 40$245.6710/12/2018
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)AD65La Rancherita10/13/18, Food for Volunteers, 40$113.1410/13/2018
Tyler Diep (R)AD72HabanaVolunteer Dinner = 10 attended incl candidate$349.474/3/2018
Tyler Diep (R)AD72The Smoking RibVolunteer Dinner$114.526/20/2018
Tyler Diep (R)AD72The Smoking RibVolunteer Dinner$106.346/20/2018
Tyler Diep (R)AD72TsuruhashiVolunteer Dinner- 4 attended incl candidate$194.9710/16/2018


Methodology

I teased out all expenditures for volunteers, as explained in the "Description of Payment" field on Form 460s, filed for all 2018 General Election candidates. The expenditures include items from Schedule E (direct campaign expenditures) and Schedule G (expenditures by agents on behalf of the campaign).

I also found as many expenditures on national fast food as I could through appropriate searches.

I excluded all food for constituent meetings, dinners with Capitol staff/lobbyists, and fundraisers.

This report also does not include food expenditures by political parties or independent expenditure groups.

Limitations: Not all expenditures on volunteer food will appear in the data. In order to be reported on Form 460 Schedule E, the amount spent must be $100 or more, and to appear as an item on Schedule G, the total amount spent must be $500 or more. Other expenditures are reported as one lump sum without any description whatsoever.

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