I fully expect this to happen, though it’ll be damn hard to report the funding of the libertarians.
Currently Ted Dunlap has not filed a campaign report, or C-5. When he does, I doubt we’ll see any word of D.C. Democratic PACS funding him.
Instead they’ll just run ads on his behalf, with no coordination and no reporting required.
Don’t think that shit won’t hit the governor’s race.
As we get closer to November we’ll see a lot more ads on the TV – well, you will as I haven’t watched TV in about 3 years – and those ads will be from strange groups that you’ve never heard of.
Yep, dark money.
Oh, you can argue that there’s some reporting, somewhere, from someone…but let’s not.
Instead let’s use our heads and realize that our political system is wildly out of control and bursting at the seams with corruption and cronyism.
It’s why I left the comment that I did on Logicosity – these politicians are no different than drug addicts, begging you for money as a junkie begs for a hit.
So I encourage you to read that article and read that site daily – the establishment types in Helena almost certainly are pissed that the site exists…if they’re not running the damn thing in the first place.
Anyways, the governor’s race.
Boy, what can we dig up today?
You’ll remember that the National Democratic Party has Bullock by the balls when it comes to his campaign, for they not only provide the staff but, through National-implant Eric Hyers, they pretty much call the shots.
When it comes to Gianforte he’s spending against message, buying his ads and website hosting and mailings from out of state firms instead of Montana businesses. Gosh, I’m no Econ-major…but isn’t it hard to create jobs in Montana when you don’t spend money here?
Thankfully Gianforte is spending lots in restaurants and gas stations and place like that. We’ll always have enough service industry jobs here in the ‘Treasure’ State.
Please take a look at my earlier spending reports for February and March if you need more info.
For April’s report, several Montana reporters jumped the gun today and gave us Gianforte press release numbers instead of waiting on the C-5 reports.
Those reports came later in the afternoon. Let’s dive into the dirtiness those reports tell us of – money in politics.
Steve Bullock’s 2016 April Fundraising Report
He spent $39,058 which leaves him with $1,224,668 in the bank.
The PAC/Event fundraising highlights are as follows:
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: $630
- Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific NW: $1,320
- MTMedPAC: $500
- Steptoe & Johnson Political Action Committee: $820
After that you get 49 pages of individual contributors to the Bullock campaign.
These are the things that stood out to me when it comes to Bullock’s page and a half of campaign spending:
- $1,098.18 in Credit Card Processing Fees from Massachusetts’s Act Blue Technical Services
- $3,096.28 to Missoula’s Campaign Compliance for Accounting fee/postage
- $1,228.98 to Virginia’s Direct Connect for Credit Card Processing Fee
- $5,400 to East Helena’s Element L Design for Graphic Design and 10,000 signs
- $13,333.34 to New York’s Global Strategy Group, LLC for “research”
- $850 to Pelonis Sound and Acoustics, Inc. of Goleta, California, for “Event Expense” (March 28)
- $850 to Jean Sievers for a Los Angeles “Event Expense” (March 28)
- $850 to Sven Holcomb of Santa Barbara for an “Event Expense” (April 24)
- $1,260 to the Montana Democratic Party for Software and another $190.26 for Mileage
- $3,810 for Digital Ads from Rising Tide Interactive, LLC in Washington, D.C.
- $821.25 to Detroit’s Salsa Labs, Inc. for Software
Alright, let’s analyze some of this.
First off, it’s clear that Bullock is no longer paying the Montana Democratic Party for the dynamic duo of Pitt & Hyers. Since they’re still spamming Twitter for Bullock, I assume someone is paying them.
Or did you think they just decided to forgo the $4,352.30 for Salary Reimbursement the Montana Democratic Party usually doles out to ‘em?
Naw, me either. Course, it could be they lost their jobs to the “Software” Bullock paid the Montana Democratic Party $1,260 for, and perhaps the $190.26 for “Mileage” as well.
Hell, if Google can have robots drive cars you know they can get ‘em to do whatever it is Pitt & Hyers “do” all day.
As usual, we know what Gianforte is paying his staff, and we even know that one of them had their time cut in half (vacation, perhaps?).
With Bullock, however…it’s a mystery. Now we just have to assume that no one is working for him!
What a terrible level of ‘openness.’ I feel that’s the same level of transparency we can expect should he get another four years.
Now, what’s with this “research” that was done by New York’s Global Strategy Group, LLC for $13,000?
I’m not sure, but I know some of their other clients include Goldman Sachs and a ton of other corporate behemoths.
When it comes to their political clients you can see 2016 Democratic Message crafter, and soon to be retired Senator, Steve Israel.
There’s also Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo and a ton of other New Yorkers. Besides the Hillary supporters we also have Rahm Emanuel. My, what an established bunch!
Moving on…boy, what’s up in California? Bullock sure likes to jaunt over there, ‘bout once a month by the look of it.
I guess that’s where those DGA connections come in handy. And hell, if you only gotta spent $850 for some lousy “event expense” so you can rake in thousands in out-of-state money, well…what the hell!
Rising Tide Interactive only got $3,800 out of Bullock in April, whereas in February they took him for $6,800.
Clearly the salespeople there are slipping.
Greg Gianforte’s 2016 April Fundraising Report
He also spent $347,709 during the past month, leaving him with $360,764 in the bank.
Two big expenditures that Democrats are making hay about are the two checks for $100,000 that Gianforte wrote to his campaign. If you’re rich that’s one of the benefits you enjoy.
Gianforte accepts no PAC money so there’s nothing to report there. When it comes to big-time fundraisers he only does “Pass the Hat” events, primarily those associated with his statewide excursions to businesses and events. This brought in $5 for an April 19 Billings event of 15 people.
Besides that there are 31 pages of individual donations. I suppose if you wanted you could go through all those and see where people are from, what their job is…things like that, but that’s for the paid Democratic operatives, and for closer to November.
When it comes to Gianforte’s spending he’s got 5 pages. To me, highlights include:
- $2,549.53 in pay to Ron Catlett
- $2,245.11 in pay to Morgan Darlington
- $3,372.41 in pay to Paige Davis
- $5,339.22 in pay to Aaron Flint
- $1,864.05 in pay to Devin Morrison
- $973.42 in pay to Edward Johnson
- $5,951.84 in pay to Amy Lunde
- $8,485.03 in Payroll Taxes to the IRS in Utah
- $2,507.80 in Payroll Taxes to the Montana Department of Revenue
- $1,072.95 in Employee Taxes to the Montana State Fund
- $1,565 in Credit Card Fees to Louisiana’s Anedot.
- $1,225 to the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. on April 4
- $38,628.10 to Portland’s Moore Information for a Voter Survey
- $6,500 to Indiana’s Prosper Group Corporation for Online Advertising
- $2,331.90 to Helena’s Sage Advertising for 1,000 Yard Signs
- $1,289.35 to Billings’ The Political Company for 1,000 Business Cards, 3,000 envelopes, 1,000 rally signs, and 1,000 business signs
- $248,034.64 to Delaware’s Strategic Media for Media Air Time and Statewide TV
- $1,328.68 for Bookkeeping and Compliance Reporting from Helena’s Special Projects
Alright, let’s get into this.
First, I feel that paying credit card fees is a waste of money, but I can accept it.
Why it has to go to a Louisiana company, however, I’m not sure of nor am I fond of. Considering you’re paying $346.31 to Helena’s Valley Bank for the same thing…why not just do all credit cards with them?
I’ve said this all before. Guys, don’t make this a campaign issue when it doesn’t have to be.
Then, paying another $6,500 to an Indiana website hosting company is not a smart move on the Gianforte campaign’s part, especially after you gave them $16,785 last month!
Wow, what the hell are you thinking?
Besides those rookie mistakes there’s the $36,000 for a voter survey from Moore Information in Portland, Oregon.
I went to their site and right away I could tell it was bullshit, mainly because of the smiling Latinos and the idea that they love the GOP.
Are you kidding me? I also noticed they have offices in Missoula, headed up by UO alum Erik Iverson.
Shoulda had Missoula on the C-5, not Portland.
Moving on we see that a whopping $248,000 was spent for those shit-shingle TV ads that Gianforte ran.
No wonder he’s got to write himself two checks, huh?
That money of course went right to Delaware, or maybe on of Strategic Media’s offices in Ohio, Texas, or D.C.
I will give Gianforte credit for getting some printing done in-state, and he does like to frequent the bars and restaurants and gas stations here.
Besides those services, however, Gianforte hasn’t been creating many jobs with his campaign spending.
That’s what really gets me about him – he says one thing and does another.
Besides that, I don’t see a lot new in this campaign finance report.
And on one final note...
I’d like to point out what the Hillary Victory Fund is using the money it buys and sells super delegates for.
Personally, I don’t feel this stuff should be on a ‘reputable’ news source’s homepage.