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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The root of Mike Huckabee

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Money. It's always been money. That nonsense about how he's raising PAC money to promote other candidates, though little money is flowing to candidates? Mike Huckabee has always said the PAC does good work by jetting him in for events, building support for a candidate in that fashion.

Yeah, but how about this? Rich. Also familiar to anyone who's followed The Huckster. From the Hill, the sad story of Les Phillip, a Republican from Alabama, who all but beggared himself to have the Huck come in for a putative "fund-raiser." Some fund-raiser.

According to his Federal Election Commission report, Phillip raised just $17,000 and spent more than $56,000 during the second quarter.

His disbursements include a $33,990 speaking fee for Huckabee, $600 for photography for the Huckabee event, $438 for a lunch with Huckabee, $6,233 for a stage rental and equipment (presumably for the Huckabee event), and a $2,350 facility rental fee (also presumably for the Huckabee event).

In other words, Phillip spent nearly $45,000 to raise less than $20,000 and took a major financial hit for the Huckabee event.

Perhaps the most painful part is the fact that he was forced to loan his campaign $50,000 in four installments after the event.

The purpose listed? A "Personal Loan from Les Phillip to cover general campaign expenses and Mike Huckabee event expenses."

Politico picked up the item. It noted that it is most unusual to pay speaking fees for an endorsement. Not if it's the guy who charged taxpayers for his drycleaning, dog house and Taco Bell runs.

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