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.
ActBlue recently distributed $48 million to various Democratic campaigns and PACs. ActBlue calls itself a conduit that provides infrastructure to fund raise online. However, the cynical view is that ActBlue provides a wall between donors and campaigns. If you donate money through ActBlue, it appears as a donation to ActBlue. You must read the actual PDF to see which campaign / PAC the money is earmark for. ActBlue has taken in 30 million donation in 2017 / 2018 making it very difficult to tie the donor to the campaign. So much for transparency.
The money is really starting to flow outward. From the beginning of July to the end of August, campaigns reported that they spent $256 million. Republican National Committee (RNC) topped the list at $27 million, but they are really just sharing their money. The RNC gave $4 million to National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and another $4 million to the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC). Then they gave another $3 million to themselves, which does not make sense. Rick Scott for Florida is next. Rick Scott spent $10 million with the majority of it going to Media.
Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife were recently indicted for improper use of campaign funds. Today’s CNN article, states that “the Hunters allegedly also spent thousands of dollars of campaign funds on routine purchases for personal items at Costco ($11,300), and Walmart (more than $5,700)”. Now we have no opinion on the Duncans' guilt or innocence, however we wanted to see if that level of campaign spending at Costco and Walmart is irregular. It is not.