At this point, you’ve probably made up your mind about your preferred presidential candidate. The remaining names really couldn’t be much more different. But if you happen to still be in the illustrious undecided camp and are looking for new ways to split hairs, finance site Dividend Mantra recently decided to scour data from the FEC candidate expenditure report to determine what kind of food of the remaining candidates spent the most money on during the first three months of 2016. If this information can’t lead you to decide who you should vote for, maybe you should just get out of the country altogether!
According to their findings, when it comes to spending at the top 100 restaurants by revenue in America, Donald Trump’s team favors McDonald’s, the Hillary Clinton campaign loves Domino’s and Bernie Sanders’ people go to Panera.
But fittingly, much like their economic ideas for the US, the Sanders camp is much more balanced in spreading their restaurant dollars around. Panera only takes up about 16 percent of Sanders’ restaurant budget. Dunkin’ Donuts is right behind, also with 16 percent, followed closely by Einstein Bros. Bagels, Domino’s, Subway and Pizza Hut, each of which make up at least 8 percent of his spending.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the financial spectrum, despite McDonald’s makes up 29 percent of the Trump campaign’s chain restaurant budget. He’s also the only candidate to have a steakhouse on his list: Ruth’s Chris ranks fifth, making up 10 percent of his spending. Leave it to a billionaire to eat at Ruth’s Chris!
As for Clinton, she spends disproportionately on Domino’s – a whopping $6,731, making up 30 percent of her chain restaurant expenditures. Maybe she likes their position on surveillance. Jimmy John’s finishes second and Dunkin’ Donuts came in third.
And because, why not fuel the controversy, Dividend Mantra also looked at how much each candidate spent on Mexican food. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump finished dead last: he spent just $668 for the south of the border cuisine. Meanwhile, Sanders grubbed up $8,294 in burritos and the like.
So what are we supposed to learn from all this? The writers of the report say, not much. “Should their preferences sway the general voting population or weigh on their political platforms? Perhaps not. But the results do humanize them,” it concludes.
I don’t know. I still can’t imagine Hillary eating Domino’s or The Donald chowing down on McDonald’s on the regular. Bernie and Panera though? That sounds about right.