There was so much attention paid in the 2010 Senate contest to Republican Linda McMahon’s profligate spending, that we somehow missed this little gem: a $97 expenditure by businessman Merrick Alpert, an unsuccessful contender in the race, on a “Chicken costume.”

What did Alpert need a chicken costume for? Well, it has to do with the eventual winner of the Senate seat, Democrat Richard Blumenthal. Capital Eye Opener, a blog by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, has the full scoop.

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