Mega-Donors throw money around like normal people give their change to kids. We looked back on 2018 to see who is benefiting from Mega-Donor generosity. With $51 million in donations from Mega-Donors, the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) is clearly the winner. Sheldon Adelson and his wife donated $30 million to the CLF, Timothy Mellon gave $10 million and the American Action Network donated $11 million to the CLF. The Congressional Leadership Fund is dedicated to protecting and strengthening the Republican Majority in the House.
When I was growing up the common phrase was always “party like a rock star”, however maybe it should have been “live like a politician”. We went through the campaign finance expenses and again some of the expenses are just ridiculous. Republican candidates expensed $2.5 million at the Capitol Hill Club. On the Capital Hill Club website we stumbled onto the House Rules. Rule 9 states “No member shall carry on or transact any business or indulge in the practice of any profession in the Club at any time”. If they are not doing business, they why are the donors pay for it.
Top Democrats raised almost twice as much money as Republicans in the last month. Over the last month, 14 Democrats raised over $100 thousand, while only 7 Republicans raised more than that amount. The 14 Democrats raised $4.5 million, compared to the 7 Republicans that only raised $2.6 million. James Thompson in Kansas raised the most bringing in $1.8 million. Now we would love to tell you who donated the money, however almost all of it was funneled through ActBlue. Not a lot of transparency.
Claire McCaskill claims on her website that Mitch McConnell and his dark money allies are working hard and she will lose without grassroots support. However, Claire has plenty of allies and most are not grassroots based. In fact, most of her donations (72%) are not from Missourians. Claire received $406 thousand from donors in Beverly Hills. Is there such a thing as a super-rich grassroots movement? Emily’s List gave her $573 thousand. Emily’s List is a pro-choice mega PAC. Grassroots’ PAC movement? San Francisco and Los Angeles combined for $1.3 million in donations to Claire.
Why did Chuck Schumer need to spend $3.8 million on “Website Consulting”. We spent some time on his website and it is not anything special. Since 2009, Chuck has spent $3.8 million on “Website Consulting” with the bulk ($2.8 million) expensed in 2016. However before 2016, Chuck had already spent $441 thousand on “Website Consulting” How much does “Web Consulting” really cost? Back in 2009 Schumer used Blackrock Associates for his consulting, however since then he has exclusively used Trilogy Interactive. We went to Trilogy Interactive’s web page and it is the worst.
Congressman Mike Conaway of Texas is having a lot of fun. In June, he spent more than $10,000 on meals. His most expense dinner was at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, an upscale Mexican restaurant in D.C. He spent $3,300 in one outing. This restaurant looks to be reasonably priced and so hopefully he had a lot of guests and not a huge bar bill. Conaway also expensed meals at Tortilla Coast and District Taco. If you are against open borders can you still eat Mexican food? Yes of course!! Mexican food is really good and everyone should enjoy it.
28% of Rahm Emanuel’s donations came from other States. If you did not know, Rahm Emanuel is the current Mayor of Chicago. Now I do not agree with but understand people in different states trying to influence Federal Elections. However, why should Californians be able to potentially help decide the next mayor of Chicago. Chicago, one of my favorite cities, has enough problems right now without Californians trying to help. Over the years, Rahm has received almost $9 million from donors in New York ($3.5 million), California ($3.3 million) and Washington, DC ($1.9 million).
Big names are throwing big money at the Protect the House PAC. Since the beginning of June, Protect the House PAC has taken in $6.3 million in donations. Protect the House PAC took in the most donations of any PAC since June. Houston Texans owner Robert McNair and his wife both donated $371 thousand to Protect the House. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, donated $100 thousand.
I think that we can all agree that ROBO-Calls are the worst. It may be one of the only things we as a nation can agree upon right now. I hate them so much that if you are not one of my contacts, I will not answer the phone. Everyone knows that feeling of answering the phone and hearing a short silence right before the Robot starts talking. ROBO-Calls have ruined communication by telephone, people have just stopped answering unknown numbers.
Democrats pay a lot better than Republicans. Well at least the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pay better. All political campaigns have spent approx. $95 million since January on salaries and wages. At the top of the list is the Republican National Committee (RNC) at $5.8 million, however the RNC made 2,508 payments for an average of $2,330 per payment. The DCCC paid out almost as much at $5.5 million, but they only made 1,124 payments for an average of $4,927.