Political junkies pore through campaign finance reports like baseball fans go through the Lahman Database. And, in much the same way, it can seem pathetic to outsiders.
I poked around in Matt Heinz’s FEC report, and, um…it didn’t take very long.
Heinz only raised $33,755 in the last quarter, which is only a shade more than he loaned his campaign in the previous quarter. This leaves him with $43,263 in cash on hand.
You say, you got all that from the Weekly. Tell me something I don’t know, jackass.
Okay, here you go: Heinz’s problem isn’t the low amount of money he’s raising. It’s his burn rate, which has nothing to do with Jeffrey Donovan.
Heinz spent $50,721.95 on staff and consultants in the last quarter, including, and here’s your irony, $13,500 of that on a fundraising consultant. The salaries being paid are not out of line for a congressional campaign. Matter of fact, Ron Barber’s campaign was also very staff heavy at the beginning of the special election cycle. The difference was, he was able to raise the money to cover it.
Nearly half of that money went to Evan Hutchison, who is named as a “campaign consultant.” Hutchison has told a few people that he’s taken on party establishments before: in 2008 he ran the campaign of a fellow named Paul Newell who was running a primary contest against the Speaker of the New York Assembly, Sheldon Silver. That campaign is probably not one Heinz would like to see a re-run of. Newell’s campaign got in trouble for claiming newspaper endorsements that weren’t his and went on to lose the election by forty points.
Maybe these guys are running an insurgency and don’t need great gobs of money. They’ll live off the fat of the land.
Given that the FEC is okay with vague titles like “campaign staff” (which could cover anything from receptionist to dendrochronologist), it could very well be that one of these guys is a fantastic field organizer that is, even as we speak, mobilizing an army of thousands. Still, there is not much money being spent on voter contact (some money went to a Facebook ad though).
He’s running out of time to start on voter contact, and he isn’t going to have much money to spend on it if he can’t keep the lights on.