Hotels: Obama and Romney are big spenders

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The presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent the most on hotels in 2007, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by Holiday Inn Express. Obama led his field of Democratic presidential contenders in hotel spending last year, having dropped more than $833,000 on hotels. Mitt Romney led the Republican field by spending more than $708,000.

At the Stay Smart, America website, you'll find cartoons of the 16 original candidates. Click on any candidate to see their lodging totals and an estimate of what he or she might have saved had they stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, using an average daily rate.

The hotel chain promises to keep updating the information through the general election, reports Travel Weekly. This story was first blogged by

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