Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) shelled out nearly sixty thousand dollars of his campaign contribution in the second quarter of 2021 on expenses that seem suspiciously illegal on personal luxuries items including booze, fine dining, and limo services, as well as a weekend stay at a luxury hotel where the prominent congressman’s wife once worked at.
According to disclosure form receipts filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Swalwell for Congress spent $21,200.75 at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, in northern California, on six separate transactions during the month of April. According to her LinkedIn page, Swalwell’s wife, Brittany, showed that she worked as the hotel director of transient sales between February of 2015 until December 2019.
The records released on Tuesday showed Swalwell dolling out tens of thousands of campaign dollars on limo services, other luxury hotels in different states, high-end restaurants in D.C., California, and New York, along with spending widely on personal alcohol delivery services in the course of the three month period. The FEC records revealed Swalwell’s campaign dropped nearly $7,000 at luxury restaurants and steakhouses. The tally includes 13 meals at restaurants, including seven sit-down meals at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse totaling $2,123.30, three transactions placed at O-Ku Sushi in D.C totaling $3,166.20, and most recently spending $232.31 at STK Steakhouse in downtown New York City.
Based on the report, Swalwell nearly $11,000 on 26 rides from various limousines and luxury car services. Over $6,209.34 of the $11 grand spent was shelled 21 times to an NYC-based Sunny’s Executive Sedan between the months of May and June. The other five rides totaling $4,051.32 were shelled to AA Limo Services LLC, with four of those transactions taking place on one day made at the end of May.
Other sketchy spending showed the California Democrat dolling out almost $1,700 on booze, with $566 utilized on personal alcohol delivery service Drizly in 17 transactions with service orders costing between $5.79 to $124.86 that were all placed between April and the end of June. Swalwell also spent $1,151 on “Refreshments,” with seven transactions ranging from $59.14 to $371.43 placed at Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, a local Capitol Hill liquor store. It is unclear whether the charges at the liquor store and alcohol delivery charges were personal or campaign-related.
Records also showed Swalwell campaign shelled almost $4,500 at two California wineries — Darcie Kent Vineyard for $1147.13 and Garre Vineyard & Winery for $3243.42, with both transactions marked “Catering” and “Refreshments” taking place on the same day.
Additionally, Swalwell’s filing revealed the California Democrat spent over a thousand on 1800-flowers.com.
Campaign finance records filed between April 1 to June 30, 2021, showed Swalwell spending over half a million in total during a non-election year, raising eyebrows on the expenditures the congressman dolled out for a safe, non-competitive House Democratic seat. In contrast to the second quarter lavish spending from this year, Swalwell during the second quarter of 2019, the same time the California Democrat announced his unrealistic bid for president, his campaign highest expenditure went towards campaign consulting firms.
Swalwell rosed to prominence within the Democratic Party following his anti-Trump criticism during the first impeachment trial in 2019. The five-term congressman is heavily protected by his own party despite reports late last year that Swalwell was seduced by a Chinese honeytrap spy — Fang Fang in a bid to infiltrate the U.S political system. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reappointed Swalwell back to the sensitive House Committee on Homeland Security and House Intelligence Committee earlier this year, two committees responsible for the oversight of the U.S and the nation’s security legislation. Pelosi stood by Swalwell, despite a growing number of Republicans calling for Swalwell to be removed due to security concerns.
Since the release of the bombshell report, Swalwell conducted a handful of interviews at that time, dodging questions discussing “his relationship with Fang” while proudly bragging the controversy wouldn’t cost him his Intelligence Committee. Swalwell first suggested that he believes former President Trump was the source of the leaked information about the Chinese honeytrap spy due to his outspoken push of a now-debunked Russian collusion narrative.
The California Democrat was provided by the FBI a “defensive briefing” back in 2015 that alerted him with counterintelligence concerns of Fang’s behavior and activities and said to have immediately cut off contact with the Chinese spy. He has remained tight-lipped, having any sexual relationship with the Chinese honeytrap spy who also helped raise campaign funds for his 2014 re-election campaign. Intelligence officials believe that Fang Fang had a sexual relationship with Swalwell during her time she helped bundled donor checks for his 2014 re-election campaign ands the countless interactions she had with the congressman in numerous events.