WASHINGTON -- Sprinkles Cupcakes -- originator of the cupcake ATM -- has launched a friendly new initiative in the interest of expanding some politicians' minds and waistlines.

"Pay It Forward' is, according to a media release, a "cupcake-based anti-partisanship campaign based on Congressional cupcake gift shipments between parties."

From now until election day, Sprinkles' Georgetown shop is offering to send $40 worth of cupcakes, for free, from one Congressional office to another, so long as the sender and the recipient belong to different political parties.

The Washington City Paper uncovered the motivation for this special:

The promotion was inspired by last year’s Congressional Cupcake Wars, in which seven teams of Hill staffers competed in various baking challenges to win bragging rights and an edible trophy. Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson judged the competition last July and came up with the idea of the Pay It Forward campaign, saying she hopes “to inspire a spirit of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.”

"Today is the first day," shift supervisor Natasha Vasquez told HuffPost DC on Wednesday afternoon. "I know for sure one order has been placed."

If one aim of "Pay It Forward" is collegiality, it's not clear that another is transparency. Vasquez said she didn't have access to the name of the office that had done the ordering or the office that would be receiving its dozen free cupcakes, and wasn't sure, anyway, if Sprinkles was planning to reveal publicly who was engaging in the sugary cross-aisle gesture.

Check out this slideshow to see where politicians eat when they leave their offices:

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  • Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Le Mars, IA

    Josh Haner, a staff photographer for <em>The New York Times</em> who covered the GOP races in Iowa, shared in this article with NY Times blogger James Estrin that Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream in Le Mars, Iowa, is a must-visit for candidates racing through the state.  <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/over-top-burger-toppings-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see Outrageous Burger Toppings</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream</strong>

  • The Machine Shed, Rockford, Ill.

    Famous for its chocolate-covered bacon and Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, The Machine Shed in Rockford, Ill., has been visited by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry this year. <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/coolest-people-food-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see The Coolest People in Food</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>The Machine Shed</strong>

  • Lizard's Thicket, Columbia, S.C.

    Perry and Santorum both enjoyed some down-home Southern cooking at this South Carolina joint. The restaurant has hosted rallies for half the GOP candidates this year and was Hillary Clinton's restaurant of choice during her 2008 campaign for president in Columbia.  <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/what-stars-eat-between-takes-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see What the Stars Eat Between Takes</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Lizard's Thicket</strong>

  • Comma Coffee, Carson City, Nev.

    Comma Coffee is a relatively new kid on the block to political campaign stops, but since they opened their doors in 2000, they have hosted Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul and even former President Jimmy Carter. <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/americas-50-most-powerful-people-food-2012-0?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong> Journalist </strong>

  • Wings Plus, Coral Springs, Fla.

    According to The Sun Sentinel, former President George W. Bush put Wings Plus on the political campaign map in Florida by campaigning there for re-election in 2004. This campaign season, Wings Plus has hosted rallies for Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/americas-15-best-french-fries-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see America's Best French Fries</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Wings Plus</strong>

  • Pizza Ranch, Hull, IA

    Ames.Patch.com says that there have been more than 35 visits by Republican candidates this year to Pizza Ranch restaurants in Iowa. The sudden popularity is explained by Dennis Goldford, a political science professor at Drake University. "It's a very convenient location where, presumably, the people who go there know what Pizza Ranch is about. It's a good place to find like-minded people who are open to this kind of message." He's referring to the chain's web site language, where they state their vision is "to glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in."  <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/america-s-most-outrageous-grilled-cheese-sandwiches-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see America's Most Outrageous Grilled Cheese Sandwiches</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>apolitics</strong>

  • Tommy's Country Ham House, Greenville, S.C.

    Tommy's is a de rigueur stop for candidates on the trail in South Carolina. The Greenville restaurant made headlines this year when both Romney and Gingrich's campaigns booked events for the same time on the same day. Although a Ham House showdown was avoided by some creative rescheduling, both candidates cracked jokes at their rescheduled appearances. "Callista and I are thrilled to be here, but I have a question -- where's Mitt?" Gingrich joked. "I thought he was going to stay and maybe we'd have a little debate here this morning. So I'm kind of confused."  <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/americas-oldest-restaurants-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see America's Oldest Restaurants</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Tommy's Country Ham House</strong>

  • Charlie Parker's Diner, Springfield, Ill.

    Mitt Romney visited this Springfield, Ill., diner for pancakes and omelettes during a campaign stop in March. While there, Romney told a joke, comparing Charlie's Famous Giant Pancake, to the Puerto Rico primary results: "These pancakes are about as large as my win in Puerto Rico last night, I must admit," Romney said. "The margin is just about as good." <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/where-eat-if-you-want-be-president-slideshow?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=eat%2Bto%2Bbe%2Bpresident" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see More Places to Eat If You Want to Become President</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Jimmy Wayne</strong>

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