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and gasoline are just a few of Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's favorite things.
The president and the GOP nominee have raised $217.1 million and $98 million, respectively, but you may not be aware of their massive expenditures on basic stuff.
| Obama's campaign likes to buy gas at 7-Eleven
Sure, the campaigns spend heavily on telemarketing, media buys and direct mail to reach undecided voters, but they also have to pay for travel, office supplies and coffee.
The April 2012 disbursements filed by the two presidential candidates' campaigns offered some interesting payments. Here are the best ones
- Exxon Mobil(XOM - Get Report) fuel payments: $219.56
- Staples(SPLS) office supplies: $1,247.78
- Apple(AAPL - Get Report) computers and software: $32,126.57
- Wal-Mart(WMT): $188.79
- Target(TGT): $174.39
- Total gas payments: $18,329.88
- Starbucks(SBUX - Get Report): $28.68
- 7-Eleven: $112.30
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
- American Express bank fees: $14,848
- Total gas payments: $1,218.52
- Dallas Morning News subscription: $26.94
- Dunkin' Donuts(DNKN - Get Report): $9.95
- Netflix(NFLX): $37.94 (Labeled: "Potentially Unauthorized Charge." The campaign didn't return request for comment about this disbursement.)
- Cleveland Plain Dealer online subscription: $120
- A golf cart: $990
- Starbucks: $54.79