CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Democratic Party spent more than $58,000 on travel and catering expenses for its annual fundraising dinner headlined by Vice President Joe Biden.
Even with the expenses, contributions at the event still totaled "well, well over $100,000 profit," party Chairman Larry Puccio said.
"After all expenses were paid, we raised more money possibly than any Democratic fundraiser that we've had in the state of West Virginia," Puccio said earlier this week.
Democrats hosted their regular Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner Nov. 2 at the Charleston Civic Center, dedicating the event to honoring the career of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
Some of the expenses for the dinner appear in the state Democratic Executive Committee's monthly report, filed last week with the Federal Election Commission.
The state committee paid the Democratic National Committee $21,000 in "fundraising travel expenses," according to the report. That covers the cost of travel for Biden and his staff, Puccio said. The local party paid for travel expenses because it was a private fundraiser.
The state party also paid $37,839 to Distinctive Gourmet of Charleston for catering, according to the report. That covered food for the roughly 1,500 people who attended, Puccio said. He also thought it covered food and beverages provided at a reception before the dinner.
Next month's report will show the total amount raised from the event. Even without the fundraiser and after expenses are paid, the state party still reported more than $100,000 cash on hand at the end of October.