For instance Jim apparently likes a good parade.
He took part in July 4th’s J.E. George parade and the Ralston parade.
In both of those, Esch’s campaign staff and volunteers handed out stickers and candy and…full bottles of water.
You may remember that Esch did this in 2006 as well, and was criticized by many in his party for wasting money.
Well guess how much the water cost for those two parades.
Go ahead guess.
You got a number in your head?
Well, when we took a look at his FEC report we found that this cost…
SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Handing out bottles of water!
We crap you negative. Here are the line items in the report.
And the funny thing is, that’s not even the end of it. Not counting the cost to sign-up for the parades, and the stickers and a banner — all of which you gotta have, Team Esch went ahead and gilded the lily. They spent over $700 on t-shirts, so that every one of their many volunteers could wear one (instead of, say, wearing a white shirt and slapping a sticker on it). Another $96 on candy. Then an additional $780 on “misc” parade supplies. And that’s not counting additional amounts in their report which mixed parade supplies and office supplies.
So, to give you an idea, Jim Esch spent around $7,500 on two parades on July 4th (and that number is probably a little conservative).
We certainly don’t begrudge a campaign spending money for a parade. But when you’re (supposed to be) counting your pennies so you can make solid media buys, this is blowing money.
So, for those of you donating, or thinking of donating, that’s seven to eight grand that WON’T go to radio or TV ads, or direct mail, or get out the vote programs or any other valuable campaign method for garnering votes.
You could very literally say it’s money down the drain.
(And it gives you a good idea how Esch would spend money if he ever got into office)
And speaking of Jim Esch’s “expenditures”, note that he took $6,000 away from his cash-on-hand in order to pay himself back for the $107,000 he “loaned” his campaign back in 2006.
Of course, this is just taking money out of one pocket and putting it back in the other.
You see, of that $219,465 that Esch says he raised since April 1, 2008, $48,850 of it has come from someone with the last name of “Esch”. Take THAT Nancy Thompson!
But to drill down even further, $10,700 of that take since April has come from members of the JBDHSK Partnership — the “business” of Jim’s little brothers and sisters. Jim “earned” $10,000 from that partnership last year — doing what exactly we don’t know. So when Jim’s siblings max out their donations, realize where that money is coming from in the first place, and the purpose: it boosts his fundraising numbers, then goes right back into Jim’s pocket.
And you are probably tired of hearing about it, but Esch has still not filed this FEC reports correctly.
It essentially comes down to him amending his April reports, without amending the previous ones as well. He said he had raised a certain amount in April, but then changed it to say, no, he actually raised that money in last reporting period. Except he never changed those previous reports.
So they’re all wrong. Are you still reading? Well, the FEC will be…
Jim Esch and his buddy Dem chairman Matt Conneally were trying to make a point the other day beside the McCain fundraiser.
They wanted to be cute by serving hot dogs in comparison to the John McCain fundraiser (which brought in over $700,000 at the SAC museum, to now eclipse Obama’s Nebraska fundraising totals).
People paid good money to see the Republican nominee for President of the United States at a museum filled with really awesome aircraft, while dining on smoked salmon and glazed chicken.
And what were the Dems doing? Making “supporters” pay to get into the park, stand out in the heat and then charge them FIVE BUCKS for a hot dog! Rosenblatt and Memorial Stadiums don’t make that much of a profit from their wieners. That’s a 1000% markup!
Way to stick it to the little-guy Dems…
And finally, we suspected Chuck Hagel had no chance to be Obama’s VP nominee, but Ben Nelson has finally slammed the door on it.
You see, Nelson recently said he has no problem with the concept of Chuck on Obama’s ticket. If Nellie is ok with that, it’s crystal clear that it ain’t gonna happen. (And thanks to a loyal reader for pointing out that the G.I. Independent ran this story…on the obituary page…)