WFB: The campaign committee for newly-elected Democrat representative T.J Cox of California spent over $12,000 dollars with a single catering entity in Washington D.C., just days after he was sworn in as a freshman legislator and while the federal government was still shut down, according to campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The spending represented more than 20 percent of the committee’s total expenditures for the entire first quarter ending in March.
The same FEC filings do not show any significant cluster of donations to Cox’s campaign committee around the same time frame, suggesting that the event (or events) may not have been fundraisers.
All of the expenses, itemized on the filings as beginning on Jan. 8 and continuing to Jan. 10, were made with Michelin-recommended Ambar restaurant, “the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in DC.”
The Cox congressional office did not directly address questions related to the spending from the Free Beacon.
The freshman lawmaker who represents part of California’s San Joaquin Valley has recently been asked to account for numerous other dealings and issues in his past.
Recent reports from the largest paper in Cox’s district, the Fresno Bee, have raised questions about his financial disclosures as well as other prior tax and business issues. more here