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Coffee on Capitol Hill: Who Do GOP Leaders Call for Their Daily Fix?

In an exposé intended to suggest that House Republican leaders were wasteful in their office spending as the country was facing a potential financial crisis, the Washington Guardian incidentally discovered the office coffee buying habits of numerous GOP leaders.

GOP leaders buying coffee

John Boehner coffee mug via Zazzle

The online watchdog news site recently published the piece after reviewing congressional expenditure documents from the fourth quarter of 2012. (It is worth noting that the expenditure reports of democratic house offices were not reviewed.) Politics aside — let’s also forget the fact that the Guardian repeatedly suggests that coffee spending, especially specialty coffee spending, is somehow wasteful — here’s some of what the group unearthed:

House Speaker John Boehner’s office racked up  $2,204.66 in coffee supply purchases during the month of November alone.


The smallest expenditure tab belonged to Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office, which totaled less than $4,200. Almost $3,000 of that was for purchases at Harris Teeter, Safeway, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Highland Estates Coffee.

While Cantor’s total expenditures were relatively low, at least he had his priorities straight, with more than 70 percent of his office’s spending going to coffee suppliers. The big winners? Coffee suppliers Dunkin’ Donuts, Highland Estates Coffee and Joe Ragan’s Coffee Supplies, all of which were named as beneficiaries.



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