6 hours ago
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Buy Rick a coffeemaker
How Santorum paid for his Va. house...and his Starbucks coffee
Santorum and his wife received a $500,000, five-year mortgage for their Leesburg, Va., home from a small Philadelphia private bank run by a major campaign donor's even though its stated policy is to make loans only to its "affluent" investors, which the senator is not.
A political action committee chaired by Santorum, America's Foundation, spends less money on direct aid to GOP candidates, its stated purpose and more on expenditures than similar PACs. And its expenditure reports are littered with scores of unorthodox expenses for a political committee, with charges at coffee and ice cream shops and fast-food joints as well as supermarkets and a home-hardware store.
For example, America's Foundation made some 66 charges at Starbucks Coffee, almost all in the senator's hometown of Leesburg, and 94 charges at another D.C.-area vendor, HMS Host.
Young Philly Politics has a solution to the dilemma:
So, in order to help Rick, we at YPP have two choices: Buy Rick a starbucks card, to make sure he can have a couple of ethics-worry-free lattes, or we can go ahead and buy him a coffee maker. And, maybe, if we really want to help Rick out, we can throw in a travel mug, as well. I even volunteer to show Rick how to use the coffee maker correctly!
Do you accept the challenge? Will you contribute to a coffee maker for our caffeine deprived junior Senator?