The Missoulian and other state papers reported today that Ryan Zinke has raised $1.93 million this past financial quarter while John Lewis has only raised $393,000. What they don’t really say is that most of Zinke’s is coming from out of state.
In fact, Ryan Zinke has raised so much damn money out of state that, honestly, he should be given an award. I can’t keep track of it all! Thank goodness we have agencies with paid workers that track this shit, because damn – it gives me a headache.
The pains began for me earlier this afternoon when I stumbled across a tweet by the Montana Democratic Party detailing Zinke’s lavish fundraising efforts:
So who are these political consulting firms that Ryan Zinke is using to raise his out of state funds, money which he hopes to use to steal this election? And will it pay off for him...or is that even the point?
It was reported today that Zinke has raised as much this financial quarter as John Lewis has his whole campaign. Now remember, when Ryan Zinke first got interested in running for public office he sought out the advice of Montana’s former governor, Marc Racicot.
Racicot is just the person that someone interested in selling out the state, harming their hometown boys, and generally enriching themselves while kicking everyone else down, would go to.
And boy did he get some good tips from Racicot, the man that’s been in Washington for years now and really learned well how to screw the American people while living and working there (not that he needed any after the shellacking he gave Montana).
Zinke learns from the best, and there’s a good chance he’ll run away with this election. So in case there’s any other unscrupulous politicians in the Zinke or Racicot mold, let’s go over these consulting firms so you know which will help you screw Montanans just as efficiently, and without a lot of mess to clean up afterward.
Century Data Mailing Service/Systems Corp
So in this case he raised $138,436…although maybe he actually raised between $242,263 and $316,095 with them. That means Zinke was actually the middle man, raising…you know, I’m not real good at math, so let’s just skip this one, alright?
I don’t know, but I do know this outfit raised $6 million for John McCain in 2000, including a whopping $1 million in one night before the New Hampshire primary. That’s big shit, if you’re running in 2002.
But then they just have to throw that damn stat out there that says they raised $100 million for McCain-Palin in 2008. Shit.
So how does this site work? Well, Ryan Zinke had to give them $400 just to get going, and then $25 a month, and then an additional percentage of all donations, which is negotiated on an individual basis. So for Zinke, I don’t know – maybe that’s 10%.
Well, hold on, I must be having some stupid rub off on me from being in the GOP zone. Remember, Century Data is taking around 75% at least, so let’s just assume this place is taking 50%, to be on the safe side.
When you put it like that, maybe Ryan Zinke really raised something like $2.57 million this past quarter, but he just had to hand $643,000 over to his Republican overseers, the consulting firms. Jeez, at that rate the powers-that-be might have to keep Zinke around if he loses this one – he’s damn profitable for them even as just a candidate!
O’Neill Marketing Co.
Do you think their ‘candidate’ will do anything differently?
Ryan Zinke gave these clowns $24,747…or a good-sized salary for a hardworking Montanan. I’m not sure how hard they work at KMac, but I’d put some money on not very.
It’s clear to me that Ryan Zinke is a corporate puppet that’s being used for the consulting firms right now, who are sucking most of the financial lifeblood from his campaign.
While this might be justified by saying he wouldn’t be alive without that life support, I’m not sure it’s going to help me – a poor bastard living in poverty in Missoula – one damn bit.
Whether his corporate and consulting friends are going to help you, well, I’ll let you be the judge of that. And now, to get back to the original question, ‘Will Zinke’s fundraising efforts fall flat,’ well, I don’t think they have.
It doesn’t really matter if Ryan Zinke gets elected or not. He’s already made the Republican consulting and fundraising groups hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees they charge him. That money’s then been funneled…well, where?
It could be going to other, ‘more important’ campaigns. It might be lining pockets back East, perhaps buying that new swimming pool for some up-and-coming power couple, or that fancy trip to Europe next month.
It’s sure not going into the local Montana economy, unless you want to count the crumbs the newspapers are getting in advertising, and the TV stations are getting in advertising fees and commission charges on that advertising.
That’s probably why the Montana papers write 510 words on this while Missoula’s KPAX and similar Montana TV stations give it 99 words.
I decided to give the issue 1,159 words and I’ll leave it at that.