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Which Restaurants Gave Political Donations?

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Today’s the day to hit the polls for D.C.’s Democratic primaries, but many local restaurants have already weighed in on the mayor's race via campaign contributions.

Based on Y&H's nonexhaustive search through mayoral campaign disclosures, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Mayor Vince Gray are favorites among local restaurants. (It's worth noting that Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells isn't accepting money from corporations, which includes restaurants, but some individual restaurateurs have given to him.) Businesses and individuals are allowed maximum contributions of $2,000 to mayoral campaigns per election, although some groups with multiple restaurants give far more than that through donations from different LLCs.

One of the biggest local dining donors is the Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Its various LLCs, which include Clyde’s, 1789 Restaurant, The Hamilton, and Old Ebbitt Grill, gave at least $18,000 to Evans and $6,000 to Gray over the past year.

Take a look at a sampling of the restaurants, restaurateurs, and other food and beverage businesses that have made political contributions for mayor this election cycle. Given that we don't have all week to scour through campaign finance reports (sorry!), keep in mind that these are not all the local restaurants and restaurateurs that have given donations.

1789 Restaurant

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in July 2013

The Hamilton

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in July 2013

Old Ebbitt Grill

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in July 2013

Clyde’s of Chevy Chase

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in March 2014

Clyde’s of Georgetown 

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in July 2013 and $2,000 for Vince Gray in February 2014

Clyde’s of Gallery Place

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in July 2013 and $2,000 for Vince Gray in January 2014

Clyde’s Management, Inc.

Donation: $2,000 for Vince Gray in January 2014

Clyde’s of Tysons Corner 

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in January 2014

Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in March 2014

Clyde’s in Broadlands, Va.

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in January 2014

Chinatown Coffee Company

Donation: $2,000 for Muriel Bowser in June 2013

Barrel House Liquors

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in March 2014

Rob Wilder, Partner in Think Food Group

Donation: $2,000 for Jack Evans in September 2013

Spike Mendelsohn, Owner of Good Stuff Eater, We The Pizza, Bearnaise

Donation: $1,500 for Tommy Wells in August 2013

Michael Babin, Owner of Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Donation: $1,000 for Tommy Wells in October 2013 and $500 for Vince Gray in January 2014

Black Restaurant Group

Donation: $1,000 for Vince Gray in January 2014

Shelly’s Back Room

Donation: $1,000 for Vince Gray in January 2014

Mood Lounge

Donation: $1,000 for Vincent Orange in December 2013

Think Food Group 

Donation: $500 for Jack Evans in March 2014

Oyamel

Donation: $500 for Jack Evans in March 2014

Shaw’s Tavern

Donation: $500 for Vince Gray in February 2014

Lounge of Three

Donation: $500 for Vincent Orange in December 2013

Rocklands Barbecue and Grilling Company

Donation: $300 for Jack Evans in December 2013

Bistro Bohem

Donation: $250 for Vince Gray in February 2014

Bloomingdale Wine & Spirit

Donation: $250 for Muriel Bowser in December 2013

Sabor Latino Bar & Grill

Donation: $200 for Vince Gray in March 2014

Billy Martin’s Tavern

Donation: $100 for Jack Evans in March 2014

Sherry's Wine & Spirits

Donation: $100 for Muriel Bowser in December 2013

EatWell DC

Donation: $50 for Jack Evans in September 2013

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