On Tuesday members, of the Federal Election Commission are in Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention, at least one could be seen using the taxpayer-funded trip to sniff some scented oxygen. Five of the federal agency’s six commissioners are in the city for the convention, a spokesman for the agency said Wednesday, in addition to five agency staffers. Just one of the commissioners, Republican Lee Goodman, committed to covering his own costs on the trip.
The DNC barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race. Underdeveloped party resources such as voter data files could become a serious disadvantage for the eventual nominee, particularly if that person is not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would enter a general election contest with her own outreach network.
Despite recent reports stating that Hillary Clinton is running a “really, really cheap” presidential campaign, the Federal Election Commission revealed this week its top paid employee is Huma Abedin, who earned $69,263 for the first quarter of the campaign, The Weekly Standard reports.
And here she tried to tell us they were dirt poor when they left the White House. The Clintons reported Friday they earned more than $25 million combined in speaking fees since January 2014. Clinton’s presidential campaign reported the income in a personal financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission. The report, required of every candidate for the White House, also shows Hillary Clinton earned more than $5 million from her 2014 memoirs, “Hard Choices.”
He’s right, they beat a community organizer. With a thinly veiled hint that he may consider a run for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, Scott Walker declared that governors “make much better presidents” during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.
Next week, will be the launch of Obama for America, as a tax-exempt organization, it will become exactly what Democrats have reviled over the last two years: a massive, powerful force in politics that doesn’t have to reveal anything about the donors behind it.