Picking Up The Tab At Tecce's

I have a habit of picking on Joe Tecce's Restaurant as the emblematic site of political fundraisers and dinner meetings. But is it really number one among pols? With the new campaign-finance reports in, we can find out -- or at least, we can see where the campaign committees and PACs spent the most money in 2009.

A quick search shows a whopping $95,968 paid to Joe Tecce's last year from committees that file with OCPF. That easily tops the roughly $65,000 I found for Anthony's Pier 4, and a similar amount for Swansea prime-rib mecca Venus de Milo. The Boston Harbor Hotel was well behind, with less than $50,000, and Davio's was under $25k.

Can anyone think of a restaurant that I'm missing, or does Tecce's remain my default reference for Massachusetts's stereotypical political eatery?

While you try to answer, chew on this comendium of who spent how much on what at Tecce's in 2009:


speaker Robert DeLeo, catering: $27,442

sen. pres. Therese Murray, fundraisers +various: $16,362

Committee for a Democratic Senate PAC, fundraisers: $6989

sen. Anthony Petruccelli, fundraiser: $6954

sen. Fred Berry, fundraiser + meals w/ colleagues: $6430

rep. Ronald Mariano, fundraiser: $5503

rep. Aaron Michlewitz, senior breakfast + unspecified: $4245

PAC for Better Government, meetings: $4000

sen. Benjamin Downing, fundraiser: $2439

Norfolk treasurer Joseph Connolly, catering: $1993

rep. Michael Costello, event: $1986

sen. Karen Spilka, campaign event: $1808

sen. Steven Baddour, meals w/ colleagues and supporters: $1653

sen. Stephen Buoniconti, fundraisers: $1403

sen. Marc Pacheco, fundraiser: $976

sen. Michael Moore, fundraiser: $830

sen. Joan Menard, staff dinner + catering: $767

rep. Stepen DiNatale, fundraiser: $615

rep. Ted Speliotis, meals w/ legislators: $218

Suffolk register Richard Iannella, meetings: $141

sen. Steve Tolman, dinner meeting: $97

Suffolk civil clerk Michael Joseph Donovan, lunch w/ constituents: $78

rep. Thomas Petrolati, parking: $20

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