Rep. Eric Swalwell’s campaign dumps thousands more on travel and luxury hotels
As Americans grapple with high inflation for decades and struggle to juggle bills, Rep. Eric Swalwell’s (D-California) campaign has spent thousands more on luxury accommodations in recent months, including in Nantucket, New York and Las Vegas.
The campaign for Swalwell, who represents a safe Democratic neighborhood in the Bay Area suburbs outside Oakland, spent $3,354 and $2,552.94 on the Conrad Midtown and Loews hotels in Manhattan, respectively, according to the reports. on third-quarter campaign finance viewed by Fox News Digital.
Swalwell for Congress also paid $1,443.94 to the Jared Coffin House Historic Hotel on the island of Massachusetts, and more than $3,000 to the five-star Santa Monica Proper Hotel in Southern California.
The campaign spent $1,388.12 at the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Sin City and $1,173.60 at the Conrad Hotel in Nashville.
Swalwell for Congress didn’t skimp on travel either, spending nearly $8,600 on 27 luxury car rides with Sunny’s Executive Sedans, $6,400 on 17 Amtrak trips and $7,500 on Just Dreaming Yacht Charters.
This is not the first time that Swalwell and his campaign spending and travel have come under scrutiny, although his office has insisted that all money was used for campaign in accordance with Federal Election Commission regulations.
Between April 1 and May 18, the campaign knocked more than $62,000 off travel-related spending, including fancy hotels in the US and Paris, expensive airline flights and dozens of car trips with Uber and Lyft.
In the second quarter of last year, Swalwell – who has been linked to political seductive Chinese spy Fang Fang – spent $21,200.75 in six transactions at a California Ritz-Carlton where his wife once worked.
Earlier this year, the 2020 presidential candidate and four other House members took an $84,621.59 trip to Qatar, funded by the US-Qatar Business Council, which “dedicates exclusively to ‘improvement of bilateral trade relations’ between nations.
Swalwell has also spent $78,419 on 156 United Airlines flights since 2020, according to public records.
Despite the apparent extravagance, Swalwell had spent just $3.1 million on the campaign trail since the start of last year, far less than dozens of other House candidates, according to FEC data. .
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was the top-spending candidate, losing $22.9 million this cycle, the FEC said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, was close behind with $22.3 million.
Of the 86 candidates who have outspent Swalwell since the start of 2021, 51 were Democrats and 33 Republicans, records show.