Huckabee event leaves candidate in the red

From the files of the funny but true:

Les Phillip, an Alabama Republican running for the U.S. House of Representatives, recently welcomed former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to his district for a fundraiser during the second quarter. Huckabee endorsed Phillip, but it was an expensive endorsement:

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, Les Phillip spent nearly $45,000 to bring Mike Huckabee to his district, only to raise less than $20,000, resulting in Phillip having to loan his campaign money to pay its bills.

That’s funny, and more than a little ironic.


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2 thoughts on “Huckabee event leaves candidate in the red

  1. A kiss of death for Huckabee. I am a fan of his and think he would be a great vice-president. But he lacks an essential presidential leadership trait: a commanding presence.

    He will not be invited to more of these gatherings, I reckon.

    1. Personally I can’t see how anyone can justify paying a $33,000+ speaking fee to have Huckabee come speak at an event, given the state of the economy.

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