Food For Thought (And Government Contracts)

The Republican National Committee sent a cake to the Democratic National Committee today for President Obama’s birthday, with the phrase “you didn’t bake this” on it, as part of Republicans' continued attack on the president's "you didn't build that" remarks.

They might want to be careful about making big government baked good jokes this weekend, though--Mitt Romney is holding a fundraiser Saturday with the chairman of a company who gets paid through government contracts for food.

The event, being held in Evansville, Indiana, is hosted by Steven Chancellor, mostly known for being the former head of Black Beauty Coal and a member of the Bush-Cheney transition team.

He’s also, as his bio states, the chairman of Ameriqual Foods, the “leading supplier of individual and group rations to the United States Department of Defense (DoD), and is one of only three approved to supply Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE).”

Since fiscal year 2000, the company has received $1.4 billion in contracts, according to analysis of data provided by FedSpending.org. Last November, the Department of Defense announced the firm received a contract for fiscal year 2012.

The MRE’s, as Ameriqual’s website states, include a “dessert/snack” but it isn't clear whether that means cake.

Other event attendees include former child star Ricky Schroeder ("Silver Spoons"), Bo Derek, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, and lobbyist Charlie Black.