Worried about having money left over from a campaign? Raise only what you need.

It was no surprise to hear our esteemed mayor complain about campaign finance rules and how he had money left over;

“It created a lot of unnecessary paperwork for me. It’s a huge pain in the you know what,” he said recently of why he opted to create a PAC instead of giving it away. “And I don’t want to give it away because I may run again.”

Remember, this is coming from the guy who skirted fundraising rules by taking money from toddlers, was doxxing people who were critical of Marion Mike Rounds’ campaign, and played musical servers for Pitty Patt when he was trying to hide from unethical behavior. If you are so concerned about all this left over money, maybe you should spend it, or raise less.

I have helped with many successful local campaigns that have literally ran on fumes and were in debt at the end. If you have money in your campaign chest, you spend every last penny up until the day of the election. That’s good planning, strategy and the responsible thing to do towards your donors. They give you the money to SPEND, not to sit on it for 4 years. I would think a communications guy who helped with marketing for many campaigns would know this.

There is a great quote by car culture artist, Von Dutch that I actually framed and hangs on a wall in my house;

I make a point of staying right at the edge of poverty. I don’t have a pair of pants without a hole in them, and the only pair of boots I have are on my feet. I don’t mess around with unnecessary stuff, so I don’t need much money.  I believe it’s meant to be that way.  There’s a ‘struggle’ you have to go through, and if you make a lot of money it doesn’t make the ‘struggle’ go away.  It just makes it more complicated. If you keep poor, the struggle is simple“. 

I love this quote, because Dutch is essentially saying, Money is bad and stay modest. I find it frustrating and comical that the mayor who just got back from a mission trip is complaining he has too much campaign money left over. Oh, the irony, Selfie Paul.

I also think that when this comes to a 2nd reading there will be some amendments thrown in to help certain people running for city council this time around. I recommend to avoid the appearance of benefitting certain candidates in this city election cycle, they defer the implementation of this ordinance until July 1st. The fireworks and debate on this item is going to be fun to watch.


#1 "name in quotes for no reason" on 01.24.20 at 6:59 pm

Honest question: why do you always resort to name calling?

#2 l3wis on 01.24.20 at 7:46 pm

Well, because you fight fire with fire. I’m not a ‘turn the other cheek’ fella. It often amuses me when opposition to my beliefs want to kill the messenger or want to point out I am doing the same as the opposition, but I think I do it much more mild. I call a spade a spade, and I love when the kettle is black. I suppose you would expect me to be a pussy when someone calls me a pussy, homey don’t play that, and if you would ever read the hundreds of blog posts I have written in nearly 14 years you will realize that when you slap me, my force will come back two fold.

#3 l3wis on 01.24.20 at 7:51 pm

I also went back and read my ‘name calling’ I said ‘selfie paul’. That’s not name calling, that is the truth. Accusing someone of doing something that is not true is name calling, stating a fact is not. The guy is obsessed with himself. His mirror must be miserable.

#4 “Name in quotes for no reason” on 01.24.20 at 10:41 pm

I was referring to “Pitty Patt”. Didn’t mean to trigger you. Sorry.

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.24.20 at 10:42 pm

Say, Unstable, I mean “niqfnr,” you and the Jensen campaign, after you lose to Theresa, should start a PAC called: They Know What To Do PAC

#6 D@ily Spin on 01.25.20 at 9:10 am

Here’s a thought, hire unemployed to pace with election ad sandwich boards downtown and near polling places. Most unemployed are looking for short stints so they can go back on welfare. Why not?

#7 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.25.20 at 11:12 am

That a reader would take exception to association of a nickname, one lacking specificity as to true identity, with ‘musical servers’ and unethical behavior.
Very interesting.
Almost like a response from someone with a guilty conscience … or someone with specific knowledge of lack of ethical fiber in the non-specifically referenced person.

#8 Ace on 01.25.20 at 9:12 pm

Name calling. Love it. Just like my hero and yours. The honorable Donald J Trump.

#9 Jimmy Doxx on 01.26.20 at 1:19 pm

Pitty Pat Powers is a perfect name for that moron. Good thing he will never be in state govt again after being booted for using his position to support his private business. Working with PTH on doxxing criticizers shows they have no morals or ethics.