Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Liberal donations pouring into campaign getting fleeced by out of state vendors

"There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it."
Proverbs 21:20

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), seeking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and land one of the year’s biggest midterm upsets, is back in Los Angeles on Monday to raise campaign cash.

He’ll be at the home of actress Nancy Stephens and director-producer Rick Rosenthal for an evening reception, with ticket prices starting at $250 per person. Those who contribute $2,700 per person or raise at least $5,000 earn a spot on the host committee.


O’Rourke has trekked to L.A. at least two other times for fundraising events.
In 2016, Revolution Messaging was breaking fundraising records for Bernie Sanders.

Two years later, after a period of rapid growth that embodied the rise of the ascendant left’s “political revolution,” the award-winning digital firm is in a state of upheaval.

In interviews with 23 current and former employees, staffers described Revolution Messaging in grim terms: The firm, they say, is “in a tailspin.” It’s “spiraling.” “In crisis.” The work culture is “toxic” and “volatile.” There’s a “fear of retaliation,” “a lack of value for employees.” There’s “confusion,” “unease,” and “anxiety.” It’s “paranoia city.”

“People feel the ship is sinking.”


Before this month, the firm’s largest remaining client, according to former staffers on the campaigns team, was Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Last Friday, he left Revolution Messaging for a competing firm.

That got us wondering.  So we checked Robert Francis' most recent campaign finance report.  Updated data will be available next week, but we have data through the end of March (aka. the end of the primary period.)

It was interesting.

[Note: The process of taking screen shots is extremely tedious.  So we only collected a relevant sample.  Each of these vendors has gotten significantly more than the screenshots we pulled.]

D.C. based digital advertising:

California based field team:

[Note: You've gotta be some kinda stupid to think you can win an election anywhere in Texas with an out of state canvassing team.]

D.C. based fundraising consultant:

We didn't feel like collecting screenshots, but it's also worth pointing out O'Rourke has several DC, NY, and CA based campaign staff.

And for all of these expenditures, how did O'Rourke fair in the primary?!?

Oh yeah:


In fairness to O'Rourke, he does not seem to be personally living large off of the campaign.  While there are a few nights at high-end hotels, most of his accommodations are book through Expedia.  He's mostly flying Southwest.


Bottom Line: Robert Francis appears to be a poor investment for anyone except a few vendors in locations far from Texas.

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