This site has seen a continual fist pumping about how the right lost everything and how stupid they were to put money into different candidates. This is just kind of a sample of the issues the dims have on their side. I find it interesting that Walker ensured his staff was paid to December. Yes, he lost, but I find his ethics in making sure his people were taken care of was stellar.
Dems Blow Nearly $200 Million on Perennial Losers Beto O’Rourke, Stacey Abrams
Abrams's and O’Rourke’s eye-popping fundraising hauls came despite their status as high-profile losers. Abrams lost to Kemp by roughly 1.5 points in 2018, a loss she refused to concede and portrayed as "stolen" and "rigged." O’Rourke, who has said he was "just born to be in" politics, similarly lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) by 2 points in 2018. O’Rourke raised $80 million in that race, which was at the time the highest amount ever raised for a U.S. Senate campaign. O’Rourke went on to run for president, a campaign he ended in November 2019 after polling in the low single digits. During his short-lived presidential bid, O’Rourke said he could not "fathom a scenario" where he would run for office again if he did not become the Democratic nominee.
Abrams and O’Rourke are far from the only Democrats who raked in money in races they lost handily. Congresswoman Val Demings’s (D.) 16-point loss to Florida senator Marco Rubio (R.) cost nearly $70 million, and only three House Democrats raised more than Georgia's Marcus Flowers, who raked in more than $15 million only to lose to Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene by a whopping 33 points.
Stacey Abrams’ spending questioned after manager reveals campaign’s $1M debt
Stacey Abrams’ campaign is $1 million in debt — despite raising more than $100 million in her second straight unsuccessful Georgia gubernatorial bid, according to a report Monday.
The Democratic stalwart’s campaign owes the cash to vendors, Axios reported, citing manager Lauren Groh-Wargo.
Though Abrams is known for her fundraising and get-out-the-vote skills, the campaign’s 180 full-time staffers got their last paychecks Nov. 15, just a week after Election Day, the report said.
“People have told me they have no idea how they’re going to pay their rent in January,” a former staffer told the outlet. “It was more than unfortunate. It was messed up.”
Groh-Wargo claimed the campaign was hit by a “cavalcade of negative press and negative polling” that hindered fundraising in the final months, adding that it has had to work with brokers to sell donor and voter databases to help pay down the debt.
Stacey Abrams Campaign Under Scrutiny: $1M In Debt, Former Staffers Allege Wasted Spending
Stacey Abrams’ 2022 Georgia gubernatorial campaign is coming under a microscope. Stories are surfacing of alleged wasted spending forcing the campaign to tighten its belt in the crucial final weeks and cut off paychecks to staffers sooner than they expected, putting the workers in financial difficulties.
Axios confirmed with Abrams’ campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, that the campaign owes more than $1 million in her unsuccessful rematch in November against Gov. Brian Kemp.
In her 2022 campaign, Abrams outraised Kemp by almost $8 million in the reporting period before the election. But in the end, Abrams lost her bid for governor against Kemp by eight points in a replay of a 2018 contest that she lost by just over one point.
Stacey Abrams Loses Second Attempt To Take Georgia Governor’s Race
Money was tight in the final weeks before the November election. One of the belt-tightening measures included cutting off paychecks and benefits to most of the 180 full-time staffers a week after the elections.
“People have told me they have no idea how they’re going to pay their rent in January,” a former staffer told Axios. “It was more than unfortunate. It was messed up.”
Kemp’s campaign staff received paychecks through November, as well as bonuses, according to Axios. And campaign officials for Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker, who competed in a December runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, told the news outlet that they paid campaign workers through December.