Will medical marijuana make it into Mormon Country? Not if a couple of old men get their way. 314 people have donated to Utah Patients Coalition (pro-medical marijuana) and only 18 people have donated to Drug Safe Utah (anti-medical marijuana). Now in most elections you have major donors like the Koch Brothers on one side and Soros on the other. However, usually the total number of donors is similar on both sides.
Now there has recently been a lot of hypocrisy around Judge Kavanaugh’s high school and college drinking. So we looked into how much campaigns have spent on alcohol in the last 8 years. We found that since 2011, political candidates have spent almost $2.5 million of donations on alcohol. We know that this number is low as we only screened for establishments with Bar, Pub, Wine, Beer etc… in their name. Obviously you do not need “Bar” in your restaurant’s name to serve alcohol.
Last October, Senator Jeff Flake announced that he will not seek reelection. If he is not trying to get reelected, then why is he still spending campaign funds? Yes, since the beginning of 2018 Flake has spent $141 thousand worth of donations. Flake announced his retirement late last October so we put in a buffer of two months so that pre-announcement expenses could be reported. We are only looking at expenses from January 2018.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are building up their war chests as we get closer and closer to the November election. President Trump’s two PACs, Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again, both gave the RNC $2 million. The NRCC also recently received $2.7 million from a number of Republican PACs.
Since the end of June, the Democrats have spent more than $149 million on campaigns in the hope that they win in November. Do not worry, the Republicans are not far behind. Republicans have spent approx. $121 million over the same time frame in the hope that they hold power. That is a combined $270 million spent in less than 3 months. That is $3.4 million a day or $141 thousand every hour or 39 dollars a second. In the time it took you to read this paragraph, campaigns spent $500.
$2 million dollars of campaign funds have been spent at the Washington Nationals stadium. If you have ever donated money, there is a chance you helped your candidate enjoy watching the Nationals play. We looked up the FEC rules around entertainment and found this “The campaign may not pay for admission to sporting events, concerts, theater and other forms of entertainment.
Spartacus over the last 5 years, Democrats paid Perkins Coie, a law firm based in Seattle, $54 million. I had the privilege to listen to your “I am Spartacus” movement live. I agree with you, we need a lot more transparency in Washington. So please explain to us why the Democrats are giving so much money to one law firm. Spartacus, you personally spent $424 thousand on “legal services” at Perkins Coie.
Does everyone hate mail as much as I do? Sometimes I feel like Kramer on Seinfeld and just want to cancel my mail. 90% of my mail goes straight from the mailbox into the garbage. So it upset me when I saw how much money campaigns are wasting on mail. Since the beginning of 2015, campaigns have spent approximately $448 million dollars on various different type of mail. This includes design, printing and of course postage.