This is insane. Criminally insane? Just maybe but more on that later.
It pisses me off that I have friends who literally gave Jon Ossoff $5 a week and it was torched (h/t Van Jones) on completely greedy and incompetent consultants who abuse the progressive community online in a manner that makes Donald Trump look kind and honest.
Let’s to the numbers.
This is the link to the FEC report for Jon Ossoff’s campaign and their disbursements to Mothership Strategies (did you get any really crappy borderline dishonest (more on that later too) emails from Ossoff’s Campaign?
Turns out that the losers (I call them this because they lost) charged MILLIONS of dollars to the Ossoff campaign? How much? Well, I asked them for a comment and reply (ironically they don’t respond to emails.) So here’s my guess.
Well, there’s millions in March alone. I am not alone in my outrage on this and another article estimates that in total they were paid over $4,000,000. For what was at the most six months work.
Ossoff paid Dem firm more than Republican Karen Handel’s campaign spent the entire election
Let’s let that sink a bit.
A Democratic firm took more money from a Congressional special election (and lost) than the Republican spent on THEIR ENTIRE CAMPAIGN.
So what did Motherfucker Strategies do for their money? Well, it’s kind of hard to tell because yesterday they had Ossoff Campaign ALL OVER their site and now they have wiped it completely.
It appears they did Facebook ads, email content and other online work for Ossoff. Let’s say it took 10 people and each person was paid $100,000 a year. That’s $100,000 a month in salaries so I could honestly see paying them $800,000 for four months work.
If they were good.
If they won.
But these guys are nothing but incompetent pond scum who can’t answer a query and also 48 hours later are cashing their checks and distancing themselves from the loss.
Now, here’s where this gets fun.
Do donors have a legal case against Mothership Strategies and the campaign for wasting assets? A lawyer I spoke with said yes. And there is another legal angle in the works.
Donations weren’t plummeting.
The definition of false advertising in the State of Massachusetts:
(2) Any person or other legal entity subject to this act fails to disclose to a buyer or prospective buyer any fact, the disclosure of which may have influenced the buyer or prospective buyer not to enter into the transaction; or
So, would donors have given money if in fact the campaign was sitting on millions in cash (and rumor is ended up with millions?)
Would donors have given if they had been made aware that the firm creating these ads was getting paid in excess of $4,000,000 and that their money was NOT going to help elect anyone but straight into their pockets?
It pisses me off that some many of my fellow Democrats got robbed by Ossoff and his team.
Do they have legal liability? I certainly hope so.
NOTE —- I reached out to Mothership in fairness and was more than wiling to have a calm conversation with them. They never replied but I am still (and would love to) hear their side of the story.
UPDATE: This is the last post from Mothership on Facebook and it makes me throw up a little in my mouth – this is a great strategy – hey, we’re all in this together, we all volunteered our time. (cough cough – sorry got to run deposit my $4,000,000 and then I’ll see you at the cash bar.)