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Political historical past is stuffed with dynamic duos: Antony and Cleopatra, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, simply to call a couple of. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene will not be one in every of them.
In late April, on the top of the media surrounding the information that Gaetz was being investigated for intercourse trafficking, the 2 controversial Congress members introduced that they have been teaming up for a fundraising marketing campaign dubbed “America First.” Quick ahead to July and… it’s not going so effectively.
Simply days after being hilariously pranked by a comic and seeing a lot of their rallies canceled, the Each day Beast is reporting simply how abysmal a monetary failure the Gaetz (R-FL) and Greene (R-GA) team-up has been. In a nutshell? These two nutshells have reportedly spent 4 occasions what they’ve raised.
Since Gaetz and Greene kicked off their joint fundraising committee with a Might 7 occasion at The Villages in central Florida, their campaigns and joint fundraising committee have posted a mixed lack of $342,000. And in keeping with current filings with the Federal Election Fee, that joint fundraising effort, “Put America First,” reported solely $59,345.54 in contributions.
That type of meager haul could be nice for a dinner or one-time occasion, however Gaetz and Greene have repeatedly held high-profile occasions and spent a whopping $287,036.19 to carry them—that means they’re within the gap by greater than $225,000.
Even somebody who’s dangerous at math ought to be capable of determine that the calculations on that equal “yikes.” The fundraising committee’s two greatest donors are Gaetz and Greene themselves, as every contributed $150,000 to the fund. Past that, the Each day Beast studies that solely 4 (4!) individuals have made contributions of $500 or extra. FOUR.
Individually and other than the committee, Gaetz and Greene raised $1.34 million and $1.31 million, respectively, throughout this yr’s second quarter. Whereas these numbers are spectacular (and type of baffling contemplating who we’re speaking about right here), they really signify a drop-off from earlier fundraising. Particularly in Greene’s case, as she managed to get individuals to fork over $3.2 million of their hard-earned cash to indicate their help for her in Q1. For Gaetz, the lower was much less dramatic: he raised $1.82 million in Q1. Nonetheless, $1.82 million might pay numerous “tuition.”
(Through the Each day Beast)