Expense reports filed over a decade of the Calderon family's engagement in the California Legislature sheds light on the variety of ways political funds can be spent.
The expenses include $1 million spent at golf resorts, $220,000 on steak dinners, $4,000 for cigars, and $325 for a set of false eyelashes. The filings also show $1.3 million charged on credit cards, where expenses are not itemized and the monthly bill sometimes topped $27,000.
The reports, filed with the California secretary of State's office, cover 23 political accounts active since 2000 for former Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon, his brothers Sen. Ron Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, and Charles' son Assemblyman Ian Calderon. All hail from the Los Angeles County town of Montebello and have represented districts in or near there.
The reports detail extended stays in spa resorts and hideaways in such settings as Las Vegas, Hawaii, Tahoe and Palm Springs. The getaways are sometimes listed as fundraisers, but also as conferences, retreats and “holiday” events.