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What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Are Spending on Food

Hint: Chick-Fil-A and Dunkin’ Donuts are among the favorites.

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Candidates for the 2016 Presidential elections feed their donors and staff very different meals, new quarterly finance reports show. Eater looked at the food spending of five leading presidential candidates and noticed stark differences in which restaurants, caterers, and fast-food chains candidates give the most money. (Some of the lists include personal chefs and private donors who made "in-kind" donations — aka contributions other than money.)

Donald Trump’s spending budget showed the highest percentage of food expenses. That’s including an $86,000 in-kind donation his campaign had to refund dealership mogul Ernie Boch, Jr. In August, Boch threw an elaborate rally for the billionaire near Boston, which the Boston Globe called "raucous" and "circus-like" with ample food. Since personal campaign contributions are limited to $2,700, Trump’s campaign had to reimburse Boch nearly $90,000.

Remove that bill from Trump's budget, and Senator Marco Rubio's dining habit took the biggest chunk from his overall campaign spending. When Rubio's campaign members aren't frequenting chains like Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A, they're allotting most of their food budget to feeding donors with meals at posh hotels like the Bellagio in Las Vegas (to the tune of a $15,000 bill) and the Island in Newport Beach, California.

Meanwhile, Dunkin' Donuts and pizza chains are among Hillary Clinton's most frequented eateries, but the candidate's most costly dining venues include nightclubs and lounges like the 40/40 Club in New York and Elevate in Los Angeles. At the latter event, which cost the Clinton campaign $10,594, organizers charged donors the maximum contribution limit of $2,700 per ticket.

Browse the tables below to see where the candidates spent the most money, or how many of your favorite restaurants or chains they've visited. (Negative numbers denote refunds or returned checks.)

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