At the height of the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and the revelations that he’s under investigation for sex trafficking, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) bet big on a nationwide joint fundraising tour with her embattled colleague. But new campaign filings show that not only did the gamble not pay off, but that the much-maligned Republicans actually spent four times as much as they raised.
Try harder! You’ve got to spend money to make money!
Since Gaetz and Greene kicked off their joint fundraising committee with a May 7 event at The Villages in central Florida, their campaigns and joint fundraising committee have posted a combined loss of $342,000. And according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, that joint fundraising effort, “Put America First,” reported only $59,345.54 in contributions.
That sort of meager haul would be fine for a dinner or one-time event, but Gaetz and Greene have repeatedly held high-profile events and spent a whopping $287,036.19 to hold them—meaning they’re in the hole by more than $225,000.
Keep digging, you two. I’m sure you can deepen that money pit to at least a million dollars with a little effort.
I’m sure they’ll make it up in volume…
Ah The Villages. A heaven’s waiting room with a bad reputation. Apparently the salacious stuff (and concomitant STDs run rampant) was a bit exaggerated.
But regarding the Greatest Generation…they may be helping make the clap and other stuff great again:
The Villages is still kinda weird:
Rich Woods says
It’s probably a tax write-off scam.
They’re setting up things to pull a Trump: simply refuse to pay your creditors
I’m surprised by this.
Usually the far right wingnuts throw money at anyone who is a horrible person in some way.
Kyle Rittenhouse killed two unarmed people and seriously wounded one for no obvious reason.
He raised $2 million for bail and has now just raised another $ 500,000.
The anti-gay bigots from the Oregon bakery cake case raised $372,000 in a few days.
They are doing something wrong.
Gaetz and MT Greene should do something evil and horrible and set up a fund on a fundie xian Gofundme style website somewhere .
Perhaps their “loss” has more to do with what they’re doing with the donations rather than what they’re spending on events. It wouldn’t be the first time politicians misdirected donations. A lot of these donations are difficult to track and if no one is really checking then it’s even more likely G&G are using the donations as funny money.
“Gaetz and MT Greene should do something evil and horrible and set up a fund on a fundie xian Gofundme style website somewhere.”
You don’t think serial pedophilia and incitement to insurrection are evil and horrible enough?
Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says
Look at who the contractors are.
That money is going somewhere, and if this is a way to convert prior campaign donations to profit for friend’s businesses who then later give them kickbacks, then it doesn’t matter what they earn back.
Gaetz is also a serial sexual predator.
MT Greene is an antisemite whose Twitter account was suspended for antivax lies.
Apparently what we see as bugs, their followers see as features.
I’m drawing a blank as to just what evil and horrible things they have to do to get on the Trump right wingnut donation train. My imagination can’t seem to get that warped.
“Put America First,” reported only $59,345.54 in contributions. Thats just what they ‘reported’. Who knows what the actual dollar amount is.
Or laundering campaign funds into non-campaign related pockets.
“Springtime for Hitler” anyone?
I am sure they have clever accountants but I think I read that they were having a hard time getting venues and none that did not want the money upfront. They may be having trouble with other vendors along the same lines.
they may break even or lose money or even hide the profit but not getting the huge turnout or following as the result of this idea is not so good long term because it does not look like they are catching fire either way though they may burn down(one can only hope)
Maybe they can move into Milo’s cardboard box?
Here’s the Trump version of this game: Trump’s PAC has spent no money on ballot audits as he pushes his election-fraud claims, but it has funded his flights and other personal expenses, a report says. Of course, he’s not even pretending to use the $75million he’s raised for anything related to the stated purpose of the PAC.
Evan Myers says
So when I said you were a political hack and and not a scientist, how was I wrong? And then how can you accuse others of it?
Marcus Ranum says
I bet they’re really “roughing it” on the road.