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Congressman Kevin McCarthy's journey from In-N-Out Burger to millions in fundraising

Congressman Kevin McCarthy's journey from In-N-Out Burger to millions in fundraising

Rep. Kevin McCarthy celebrated his first election to Congress at an In-N-Out Burger, sipping sodas from paper cups at Formica tables with his wife and children. The understated evening fit perfectly into the Bakersfield Republican's image as the son of a firefighter who started his first business, a deli, with proceeds from a winning lottery ticket. Eight years later, as the new House majority leader, McCarthy commands a multimillion-dollar political operation featuring lavish meals, opulent getaways with lobbyists, and privately chartered aircraft. In the two years leading up to last fall's election, McCarthy, through his reelection campaign and leadership PAC, spent...

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