Living Large 

How state Senator Don Perata uses campaign cash to finance his lavish lifestyle. First of two parts.

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You might have noticed that the senator's expenses in this story are preceded by the words "at least." That's because Perata incurred at least $163,976 in credit card charges over the past ten years for which he provided no specific explanation. It's not clear whether this violates campaign-reporting rules, since state law doesn't compel politicians to disclose individual expenses of less than $100. Because of this loophole, his total "living large" spending may be significantly higher than the $1,027,568.38 our analysis of campaign finance records has uncovered.

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