How Legislators Eat (When the Campaign Is Paying)

ALBANY—Jeff Klein likes the filet mignon at 677 Prime, with a side of chopped salad. Dean Skelos is partial to the eggplant at Amo la Bella. Malcolm Smith enjoys the mussels at the Brown Derby. And you can find Tom Libous at Lombardo’s on Madison.
During the six months of the legislative session, the four leaders of the State Senate spent more than $43,000 from their campaign committees on “lunch meetings,” “working dinners” and outings for staff and members, often at some of Albany’s A-list restaurants.
“The large bill is because Senator Smith always picks up the tab,” said Austin Shafran, his spokesman.

How Legislators Eat (When the Campaign Is Paying)