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The Real Cost of a Presidential Campaign

By Kirsten Salyer - 2012-03-06T16:55:54Z

Photograph by Matt Rourke/AP

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Pizza, Doughnuts, Coffee...

Ron Paul's campaign is spending the most on food and meeting expenses so far -- $174,308 as of Jan. 31, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (That excludes food costs tied to fundraising or travel.) In the month of January, his campaign paid pizza joints more than $5,000. When it comes to slices, Romney's campaign reigns, with $9,195 paid to pizza joints in January. Romney may also be doughnut king: His campaign's entry in the filing category of "food and meetings" shows $342.75 spent at Dunkin Donuts in January -- enough for almost 600 glazed doughnuts or 230 cups of coffee.