What the secret to a successful political fundraiser? Squeezing out as much of a profit margin as you can.
And it looks like Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, has managed to do that while also supporting a business with deep Louisiana roots.
A fundraiser Wednesday night, which costs $1,000 to attend, will be catered by Popeyes.
While catering prices vary from region to region and restaurant to restaurant, a package that serves 100 averages $440. That’s nearly a $996 return on every meal.
The Washington Post did some more number crunching, and even if individual meals were bought without any bulk discounts, the $1,000-a-head price still is eye-popping.
The manager that we spoke with gave us costs for some of the most popular items: $6.41 for the two-piece meal; $7.06 for the chicken tenders. She pitched the onion rings, which not all stores have and not all make fresh daily (small, $2; large, $3.80). She ran through the available sides: gravy on potatoes, Cajun rice, corn, green beans — all $1.95, unless you get the meal.
For a little comparison, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent inauguration dinner also cost $1,000 a plate.
But the food wasn’t something you could get from a drive-thru.