Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Do You Wonder Who This Year's Self-Funders Trying To Buy Themselves Congressional Seats Are?


Qualcomm's Irwin Jacobs (R) is spending $9 million to try to buy his granddaughter Sara (D-ish) a House seat

Most of 2018's self fund-funders lost their elections. The ones who won-- both Republicans and Democrats-- have all turned out to be horrible members of Congress, all with F rated voting records. All save the interests of their class; none serve the interests of working families:
David Trone (New Dem-MD)- $17,913,172
Gil Cisneros (New Dem-CA)- $9,252,762
Greg Gianforte (R-MT)- $2,400,000
Van Taylor (R-TX)- $2,387,125
Dan Meuser (R-PA)- $1,426,442
Dean Phillips (New Dem-MN)- $1,349,561
This year's top House candidates and the amount of the checks they wrote themselves:
Kathaleen Wall (R-TX)- $7,472,467 (lost primary... again. In 2018, she ran in another district which rejected her after she spent 6,206,351 of her own)
Adam Schiefer (D-NY)- $5,197,000 (lost primary)
Darrell Issa (R-CA)- $3,202,438 (carpetbagger trying desperately to get back in Congress)
Casey Askar (R-FL)- $3,000,000 (came in 3rd in an open-seat primary)
Sara Jacobs (New Dem-CA)- $2,974,189 (She spent 2,714,931 of her own in 2018, lost and is trying to win another district, using family money to oppose progressive City Council president Georgette Gomez.)
William Figlesthaler (R-FL)- $2,185,821 (came in 4th in the same race Askar came in 3rd)
Rep. David Trone (New Dem-MD)- $1,945,000 (spent $13,385,373 to lose in 2016, switch districts and spent $17,913,172 of his own to win, run up a terrible record and is now spending more than any other incumbent in Congress to hold onto his seat.)
Lisa McClain (R-MI)- $1,450,000 (spent like a madwoman to win her primary for an open red seat that the DCCC is not fighting for at all.
Diana Harshbarger (R-TN)- $1,315,928 (same as the McClain story but Harshbarger is running against an excellent Democrat, Blair Nicole Walsingham in rural northeast Tennessee.)
Rocky De La Fuente (R-CA)- $1,281,058 (crackpot joke candidate who lost his primary. Previously he ran for Senate in California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming simultaneously.)
Josh Eisen (R-NY)- $1,250,000 (lost primary)
Michelle Steel (R-CA)- $1,226,740 (won primary and is now up against New Dem Harley Rouda, who spent $960,676 of his own in 2018 but doesn't want to spend his own money this year)
Nancy Goroff (New Dem-NY)- $1,155,600
Ricardo De La Fuente (D-TX)- $1,153,125 (running against a freshman Republican in the Corpus Christi to Bay City seat, which should be flippable-- but not by this clown)
Chris Ekstrom (R-TX)- $1,059,000 (lost primary)
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (NY)- $1,033,600 (joke candidate who ran against AOC, spending nearly $100 per vote and winding up with just 18%.
Ihssane Leckey (D-MA)- $1,006,000 (only progressive self-funding; lost primary)
Victoria Spartz (R-IN)- $1,002,350 (won primary to face Democrat Christina Hale in an open swing district)

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At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the real business of government is to enrich the already wealthy, why is this even anything of a surprise? The only purpose the rest of us serve is to legitimate their holding office and to pay for all of the expenses out of OUR pockets.

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

self-funders are of two types:

1) those who want to buy government but don't trust any middle-man to adequately serve their own interests. "if you want something done, do it yourself".

2) malignant narcissists who fancy that being a member of congress looks good on a CV and/or is a stepping stone to being fuhrer.

If they don't buy a seat for themselves, they'll be buying seats who will serve their own interests. there isn't really any difference except in efficiency.

In NEITHER case will those seats (nor the parties who own those seats) ever serve anyone who didn't buy them.


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