Let’s look in on Denise Juneau’s campaign spending.
We can see that Juneau’s campaign director, Lauren Caldwell, is making $2,643 every two weeks.
Pretty good for the woman that headed up 2014’s losses as MDLCC Director.
Alright, she picked up two in the House.
Emily Harris is being paid $1,414 every two weeks to do…what exactly?
Denise is paying Health Care Service Corporation of Dallas, Texas, for her staff’s healthcare. That comes to $1,390 for Caldwell (I’m assuming) and $695 for Harris.
I can see that Juneau spent $15,000 on fundraising consultations with Chraca Friedman Group.
You might recall that Valerie Chraca Friedman headed up the finances of Jon Tester's 2012 campaign.
That's where all the money Denise is getting from the South and Midwest is coming from - Valerie.
That’s all it is with politics these days – who can raise the most money.
What is that money used for?
Well, you know full-well what it's used for: to send you shit in the mail that you look at for 3 seconds before throwing away, and for TV ads that, if you’re lucky, you can hit ‘mute’ on before they assault you for the 20th time.
That’s why Denise needs fundraising consultations. I call it the D.C. taint, myself.
But moving on...
Denise is smart and is getting her printing and design work done in East Helena and Billings.
She’s also getting her video work done by Helena’s Studio 19 Productions.
One big-ticket item she’s buying out-of-state is a lot of opposition research on Zinke from MB Political Research of Clarksburg, Maryland.
So far she’s spent more than $18,000 with them.
Lots of money is also being funneled back to the D.C. machine in the form of computer software payments to NGP Van, Inc.
That’s totaled more than $5,400 since November.
Denise also spent $78 for a San Francisco Uber ride in early-March.
When it comes to the money that Denise is raising, I’m saddened to see that more than $100,000 is coming from crooks.
Oftentimes we call these PACs because it makes us feel like the world we live in isn’t covered in shit.
- $10,000 from AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America (D.C.)
- $2,000 from the Dakota Prairie PAC (D.C.)
- $5,000 from Emily’s List (D.C.)
- $4,000 from Hoyer for Congress (D.C.)
- $1,000 from Lobo PAC (New Mexico)
- $2,500 from Midwest Values PAC (Minnesota)
- $1,313 from Montanans for Lewis (Helena)
- $10,000 from NEA Fund for Children and Public Education (D.C.)
- $10,000 from Off the Sidelines PAC (D.C.)
- $10,000 from Treasure State PAC (Missoula)
- $1,000 from Turquoise PAC (D.C.)
In case you didn’t notice, most of those crooks are from D.C.
I mean, golly – just look at the corporate donors to the Off the Sidelines PAC.
That’s just one example. Most are exactly like that.
Perhaps you’ll remember that Nancy Keenan spent a decade in the city of sin, and our friend Carol Williams used to live there when her husband “served us.”
Those folks represent the crooks of the Montana Democratic Party, the people that foist this fundraising ethos upon us and say, “this is business as usual, now get to work.”
We have to rid ourselves of these leeches if we ever want to free ourselves from the rich bankers, globalists, corporatists and just pure and unbridled idiots that seek to control us.
They already do control us – look around.
We pay more taxes than ever yet everything in this country is falling apart.
Is your life improving, or your kids’ lives?
When I ask these things, and point out the money trail of our corupto-squad of Montana Democrats, most just ignore me.
It’s understandable – they know where the money trough is, and by staying quiet and keeping their head down, Keenan and Williams and these PACs supporting Denise will let them eat from it.
My God, it makes me sick.
Democrats are supposed to be better than this, but we’re not.
Here’s from this week’s Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibi called "R.I.P. GOP."
“From the Walter Mondale years on, Democrats have eaten from the same trough as Republicans. They’ve grown fat off cash from behemoths like Cisco, Pfizer, Exxon Mobile, Citigroup, Goldman and countless others, companies that moved jobs overseas, offshored profits, helped finance the construction of factories in rival states like China and India, and sometimes all of the above.
The basic critique of both the Trump and Sanders campaigns is that you can't continually take that money and also be on the side of working people. Money is important in politics, but in democracy, people ultimately still count.”
Here in Montana, Democrats are only concerned with counting the money they raise.