The blurry line between political fundraising and political scams, explained – The Washington Post

This is what you get for your money.

Prominent conservative Erick Erickson expressed his frustration about the practice shortly after the cycle.

The professional right has turned a mailing list habit into a mailing list addiction. Like drug addicts wanting one more hit before going straight, they send out one last mail piece demanding money to help Allen West. But now, like going from cocaine to crack, they spam your email inbox too demanding your immediate defense of Allen West, Rand Paul, etc.

Never you mind that Allen West will never see one penny of the money. “We’re building his name identification,” the mailhouse tells you.

Since then, the tactic has continued. In 2013, "Restore America's Voice" raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of which went to fundraising. Another $120,000 was spent on direct mail fees with a firm called American Caging — which was also the firm that oversaw contributions for the fence-building effort. Last year, the Center for Responsive Politics identified 30 political groups that all shared the same treasurer. Six of the groups on that list raised $2.2 million from April to June of last year — and paid out a grand total of $1,000 to a political candidate.

via The blurry line between political fundraising and political scams, explained – The Washington Post

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