Two of the most acidic congresspeople decided to team up and form a joint fundraising committee, but it’s not doing very well. Republican Reps Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are losing money with their venture. The scandal-plagued Republicans have spent four times more than they have raised, according to The Daily Beast. For some strange reason, Greene — the Jewish Space Lasers Georgia conspiracy theorist who was thrown off of her committees over her past support of violence toward Democrats — is good at raising money, but not in a joint venture with Gaetz, who is under investigation for sex trafficking.
“Greene, the House GOP’s top fundraiser, is now faced with a decision: She can continue to join forces with her beleaguered ally at the expense of her campaign war chest, or she can cut bait and let Gaetz fend for himself,” the outlet reports.
“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,” according to the Beast. “And according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, that joint fundraising effort, “Put America First,” reported only $59,345.54 in contributions.”
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“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,” the report continues.
“Both Gaetz and Greene contributed $150,000 apiece from their own campaigns to the joint fundraising committee,” the report continues. “And they’ve raised money almost entirely from small-dollar donors. Only four people gave $500 or more to the shared committee. But their campaign tour of some of the most Trump-friendly areas in the nation has been inordinately expensive.”
This sounds so grifty:
“In fact, the big winner from the Gaetz and Greene barnstorming appears to be Gaetz’s PR firm,” the outlet reports. “The Logan Circle Group, which the campaign hired in early April, made off with more than a million dollars in the second quarter of 2021. While the majority of that money came from Gaetz—$825,000 over the course of one month—the firm nudged past the million-dollar mark with the $250,000 it received from Put America First. Those payments, nearly 90 percent of the committee’s total budget, were for “event production and management,” according to FEC filings.”
Maybe there are some donations made via Venmo that haven’t shown up. Hey, I’m only trying to be helpful.
You can read the full report here.
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