After the debacle in Georgia, where national Democrats and especially the grassroots poured money into the race to the tune of $30,000,000 which much of it vanishing into the hands of DC consultants, progressive attention is turning to other races.
The narrative that “we were so close” from the mainstream media and DC consultants feed the notion that this is a “money issue” and if we just pour more money onto the bonfire, then somehow good things will happen.
It’s not a money issue.
Some people I know have made the fair criticism that going after Mothership Strategies when some or even most of that money may well have been spent on media or hard costs is unfair, or as one commented “Breitbart” like.
I want transparency about what is getting spent (and where.) And I want to honestly review the expenditures and learn from it. No one in the right mind would spend between $4,000,000 and $6,000,000 on online media and fees and then lose and not do a thorough review —- unless you don’t want anyone to know what the money was spent on. (We will get to the other $25,000,000 in Ossoff spend, trust me.)
That’s from end of May. It has only gone up since then. These numbers truly bother me but if they don’t bother you, that’s fine.
Now, looking ahead.
It’s politics. Money talks.
HOLD onto your money my fellow Americans and especially my fellow Democrats. Yes, Randy Bryce in Wisconsin looks like a great guy – that’s his picture at the top. No, that is not really a great launch commercial but let’s see who is going to spend our money in that race before we give him money and pour money into his campaign.
What happens is the more money that goes in, the more DC consultants rally around him and the more the fun goes out. (Ossoff spend above is through May 31, 2017 – imagine what he spent in the last month.) A certain lack of funds makes candidates more aggressive, more willing to take risks, more willing to push the envelop.
Is Randy Bryce going to negotiate a flat fee for consultants and pay media directly? If not, Randy, then sorry no money for you.
Is Randy going to hire an out-of-state campaign manager who is lost an election in another state last November and has a masters in public policy? Then sorry, Randy, no money for you.
Now, on the other hand, if Randy and his core team, friends and family set it up correctly, with the right team and the right contracts, absolutely support him. I’ll be first to donate.
Money’s not the answer. Hillary and her 1.5 billion dollar torching proved that. Ossoff proved that even more. Let’s hold onto our wallets a bit till we see exactly who is working for Randy and what the arrangements are.
We are never going to get candidates to respect our donations, or our volunteer time, until we get them to understand that with donations comes responsibility.