You might have seen RG Ratcliffe's report on how various legislators and statewide officeholders have been spending their campaign cash, which is something which my colleagues JohnCoby and Muse have been doing tirelessly for months now. Possibly the most interesting tidbit buried in the individual reports was in that of Speaker Craddick. As Eye on Williamson puts it:
Speaker Craddick spent $22,976.10 at H-E-B during the January-to-June reporting cycle.
To be fair, the regular session of the 80th Legislature occurred during this reporting period; however that still works out to $128 for each day of the 140-day session. That's a lot of Rice Krispies. So much that the groceries were running 5 percent of the $455,023 spent out of Craddick's campaign cash.
Like I say, I don't know what Mr. Craddick is spending all that money on - maybe he just likes buying a lot of chips and beer for Survivor-watching parties at his place - but I think he's gonna need to tell the TEC a little bit more about it. And he may have to budget a few extra dollars to pay a fine to the TEC when he does.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 01, 2007 to That's our Lege