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Sharpton living high while raising low

AP reports:

The Rev. Al Sharpton's presidential campaign has paid for stays in swanky hotels even though it is running on a low budget, federal campaign finance records show.

Although his campaign had raised just $284,000, financial records filed through September showed Sharpton's campaign expenses included $7,343.20 for three nights at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles and $3,264.11 for one night at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.

The Sharpton campaign also spent $1,675 for a limousine service in Oak Lawn, Ill., and $3,645.82 for a stay at the posh Mandarin Oriental hotel overlooking Biscayne Bay in Miami, according to the records available Saturday at the Federal Election Commission's Web site.

The New York Times has a longer story on the same subject. The Times includes this exclupatory statement from Sharpton:

"If I was going to go and live the high life, I certainly wouldn't be doing it one night or two nights at a time," Mr. Sharpton said about his choice of accommodations.