Dirty Money: Embattled Dem Senator Charges Luxury Europe Trip To Campaign
One Democrat Senator who’s in for a tough re-election decided to take a luxury trip to Europe and charge it to his campaign back home.
Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) stayed at two fancy hotels in London and Paris for a luxury getaway. Jones spent $487 to stay at the K+K Hotel Cayre in Paris.
Fox News reports:
The K+K Hotel Cayre in Paris, billed as “a beautiful historic building located in heart of Saint Germain Des Prés” that’s within walking distance to Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The hotel boasts “soundproofed” luxury rooms and private black marble bathrooms with underfloor heating.
The red-state politician up for reelection in November also spent $1,296 at the Baglioni Hotel in London, which describes itself as “one of the finest 5-star luxury hotels in London” that’s located in “one of the most exclusive, elegant and celebrated parts of the city.”
Jones’ getaway included $1,164 spent on Eurostar rail travel and $533.66 for Easy Jet airfare in England, according to campaign reports that Jones filed with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 20.
In all, his campaign paid for nearly $3,500 in European travel expenses dispersed in January, records Jones’ himself disclosed to the federal government. The expenses were related to a fundraising trip Jones took in December to collect checks from well-off Americans living abroad and wanting to support Jones’ tough fight for re-election, Fox News has learned.
“Democrats Abroad” hosted a campaign fundraiser for Jone on December 7th, 2019 in Paris. According to their website Jones had an impressive turnout during a private reception.
“Senator Jones came to Paris to support Democrats Abroad! As he explained, the race to hold his seat is going to be tough. Every vote will count! Senator Jones knows the importance of the overseas vote. In tight races, Democrats Abroad is the margin of victory!” the website readout of the fundraising event stated.
This is the third time Jones has gone to Europe to fill his campaign coffers, according to reports Jone has received at least $100,000 from Americans living in Europe.