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Lawmakers Rack Up Hefty Bills Wining and Dining Donors

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Freshman Rep. Billy Long, who earned his seat by declaring he was "fed up" with Washington and its career politicos, spent more than $6,500 on a handful of fundraisers at venues such as Charlie Palmer Steak and Hill Country Barbecue.

Long's office did not return request for comment.

Members have to spend money to bring in donations, especially when tasked with raising cash for individual campaigns and party committees.

Big fundraisers are the norm for party leaders such as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Cantor's disclosures include more than $117,000 at Bobby Van's steakhouse, $96,000 at BLT Steak and $9,000 at Hill Country Barbecue.

Congressional veterans in safe seats, such as California Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman and Linda Sánchez, are also tasked with raising funds to help members of their caucuses.

Financial disclosures show Waxman, the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has spent $14,353 of his campaign funds at Charlie Palmer Steak for campaign events. Sánchez, ranking member of the House Ethics Committee, spent $13,281 at Cava Mezze.

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