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After a long legislative session, the humble politicians of Texas' House Calendars Committee just want to sit down to a nice steak and a glass of wine. According to this $22,241.03 dinner receipt that surfaced via the Texas Tribune from downtown Austin steakhouse III Forks, they don't mind having a ton of whiskey and tequila either. Luckily the lobbyists dining that night took care of the bill, so the meal didn't use up any taxpayer money. This, apparently, is "completely legal, ... so long as the lobbyists paying the bills report their expenses where everybody can go see them."
The Tribune reports that the meal, which served "about 140 people," "required the use of 34 American Express cards, 11 MasterCards, and 20 Visa cards." For those keeping up with the numbers, that's about $158.86 a head. But not to worry, this is all part of tradition:
That's an extraordinary amount of money, as these things go, but the events themselves are common. In a tradition that stretches back as far as anyone can remember, committees in the Texas Legislature throw self-congratulatory dinners to celebrate the completion of their work.
Eater Austin points out that aside from the actual food, the diners spent the most money on wine, Don Julio and Glenlivet. Although "one person slummed it with a $5.25 Bud Light."
· An Expensive Celebration, Courtesy of the Lobby [Texas Tribune]
· Here's What $22,241.03 Bought Politicians At III Forks [Eater Austin]
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