A candidate for U.S. Congress from Florida was recently caught red-handed paying herself a hefty salary out of her own campaign donations.
“Carla Spalding, a Republican seeking her party’s nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has paid herself a $60,000 salary while running up a six-figure campaign debt,” according to the Sun Sentinel.
Spalding is running against twice-failed candidate Joe Kaufman, and businessman Carlos Reyes in the Republican primary for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District on August 28. The winner will take on perennial powerhouse and politically shady Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL).
“As she was spending heavily to raise her profile and more money, Spalding paid herself a salary with campaign funds. Federal Election Commission rules allow the practice, with restrictions, but it’s unusual for candidates to pay themselves,” said the Sun Sentinel. “The quarterly report show payments listed as “compensation” of $2,500 on April 2, April 13, May 1, May 21, May 31 and June 15, which is roughly every two weeks. On an annual basis, quarterly payments of $15,000 work out to $60,000.”
Spalding is not the only grifter in the primary race. Kaufman, who has run against Wasserman-Schultz spent most of his campaign money fundraising in 2014, and then sat on nearly $400,000 that he could have used to try to beat his opponent.
Kaufman did not really spend his campaign money, and when he did, he doesn’t spend it on beating his opponent, but rather on raising more money. For example, in 2014, Kaufman raised $830,234, and spent only $502,356, meaning that he left $378,472 on the table.
For example, FEC records show that he paid a group called Base Connect Inc., a direct mail advertising firm in Washington D.C., 10 times during his campaign, totaling $31,857 of expenditures.
When it came down to the wire during the 2014, Kaufman failed to spend $378,472. That total just sat in his campaign account unused. The FEC records show no major radio or television advertising purchases. Kaufman spent most of his campaign money on fundraising during the 2014 cycle, and none of it on voter contact, name or face recognition, or anything else that would have helped him beat Wasserman-Schultz.
Alan Levy, campaign consultant for Spalding, spoke to the Sun Sentinel about the salary and the debt.
“Carla works full-time on her congressional campaign,” he said. “[C]ampaign debt is not a strange thing. Fundraising requires upfront costs. … The campaign has and will continue as required under law to make timely payments for whatever is purchased.”
The report also said that Spalding made two $500 payments to Brandon Spalding-Riese, her adult son who is listed as “other campaign staff.”
TROLLED: Pelosi For Prison Banner Flown Over Her San Francisco District
It calls for Pelosi to be locked up for her “crimes against America.”
Liberals in San Francisco were immediately triggered Thursday morning by the sight of an impossible-to-miss 25-foot by 80-foot “Pelosi for Prison” banner flying in the spy upon the left-wing stronghold.
Her lawlessness, ignorance and corruption have gone on for too long!
— DeAnna for Congress🇺🇸vs Nancy (@DeAnna4Congress) February 6, 2020
The banner, paid for by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Republican opponent, DeAnna Lorraine, directs those who see it to a petition, located at PelosiForPrison.co, which calls for Pelosi to be jailed for her “crimes against America.” With the banner coming just a day after President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Pelosi-driven impeachment hearings, it is a sign that some conservatives are moving off of the defensive, and instead focusing on offensive attacks against left-wing figures like Pelosi.
Speaking with Big League Politics, Lorraine states that the banner was a part of her plan to expose Pelosi’s record while in the Congress, along with her “egregious crimes against America.”
“I am running for Congress to clean out the corruption that is Nancy Pelosi. Instead of caring for the people of
San Francisco and advancing their issues on a national scale, she spends her time conducting asinine
impeachments and investigations that amount to absolutely nothing” said DeAnna. “It’s past time we start
hitting her hard on her record of poor leadership and egregious crimes against America, and I look very much
forward to retiring her in November.”
This banner definitely gets that message across, and surely has Nancy Pelosi shaking with rage.
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