Well, it’s more bad news for Dr. Ben Carson, but this one comes from his Super PAC. Carson is not pocketing millions in public donations, I want that stated at the outset. Thing is, he’s been on the war path against Cruz for campaign chicanery, and well…this isn’t such great news if you’ve been accusing other campaigns of being up to now good. Sorry folks, got to call it as I see it. From the Daily Caller:
The super PAC has raked in $24.7 million from thousands of individual donors since 2013, with a large percentage of those donations coming from retirees as a result of an aggressive direct mail fundraising campaign, but the operatives have spent only a small percentage of the funds on actual campaign activities.
The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee was formed in August 2013 by John Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, Sousa as chairman and Robinson as campaign director. After Carson declared his candidacy, the PAC changed its name to “The 2016 Committee.” Neither Sousa nor Robinson have any kind of personal relationship with Dr. Carson, and Carson’s business manager denied any relationship between Carson and the two men back in 2014.
Okay, so Carson’s people are distancing themselves from the PAC. I get that. What’s interesting about this super PAC is how it’s being funded…
…Most super PACs are funded by a few wealthy donors who can hold the PAC accountable by cutting off the money flow if performance expectations are not met. (Three of Ted Cruz’s super PACs, for example, are funded entirely by a single donor or family.) Individual small donors, on the other hand, have virtually zero influence over the direction of the committee.
To my knowledge, Carson has not warned people away from this super PAC. Hey, don’t jump in my chili, I’m not sure Carson is obligated to tell people “Hey, don’t give to this super PAC, they’re lining their pockets with your donations.” The problem, as I stated at the outset, is how hardline Carson has been about political campaigns acting like political campaigns, especially in regards to Ted Cruz. But if you take that line, don’t you also have to make sure your house is in the same line?
So here is a Carson super PAC acting a bit dubious as it campaigns for Carson while mostly raking in major bucks for themselves. No, Carson isn’t personally involved with the PAC. So is it simplistic to say, but isn’t this a case of throwing stones while living in glass houses?
UPDATE Feb. 25 6:30 PM PST: This is a cautionary tale, people. If you want to donate to Carson, fine. But MAKE SURE it’s going to Carson and not lining the pockets of opportunistic jerkwads who are stumping for Carson.
What do you think? Should Ben Carson call for greater accountability of his PAC or is this politics as usual? Tweet me at @Courtneyscoffs.