"The time has come for Congress to get serious about tackling Washington’s addiction to spending."
The man who authored those words (or had an aide author them), Seventh District Congressman Billy Long spent far more than he took in during the last two months of 2013, according to his disclosure report filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.
The documents indicate Long spent more on two meals, over $3,000 than the $2,000 he received in contributions during that time period.
The Long campaign paid for 11 meals in a 26-day period, according to the report, including $1,840.80 at Prime Rib in Washington. D. C. Dec. 6 and $1,186.76 Christmas Eve at Nicholas Ristorante in Springfield.
Other meals included in the FEC report included the following:
Capitol Hill Club, Washington, $71.32, Dec. 19
Jim's Steakhouse, Springfield, $45.78 Dec. 17
Jim's Steakhouse, Springfield, $96, Dec. 3
Jim's Steakhouse, Springfield, $49.14, Dec. 10
Gilardi's Ristorante, Springfield, $988.84, Dec. 20
Jim's Steakhouse, Springfield, $38.77, Dec. 13
Capitol Hill Club, Washington, $138.47, Dec. 19
Oceanaire, Washington, $333.86 Nov. 29
All of the meals plus $373.11 for a stay at the New York Palace hotel on Dec. 11 were listed as "campaign events."
Long received two contributions during November and December, $1,500 from the American Hospital Association and $500 from Michael Peters, Mercy Hospital, Springfield.
During the reporting period, Long received $2,351.83, including $351.83 in interest and spent $21,802.05.