Weeks after his presidential campaign came to an end, Gov. Scott Walker is asking supporters to send him money to help retire his campaign’s hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding debt.
Walker’s campaign quickly burned through money during his 70-day campaign, spending more than $90,000 per day. According to the campaign’s latest federal paperwork, Walker raised nearly $7.4 million between July 1 and Sept. 30, spent nearly $6.4 million and had bills for $161,133. Walker maintained a large payroll of more than 80 and generous paychecks for top staffers, even as fundraising dried up. Walker’s campaign was known for paying more than many of its rivals, and at least 20 employees were paid at least $30,000 in less than three months — which over a year would total at least $120,000. Five employees earned more than $50,000 in salary and benefits during that three-month period, which would have totaled $200,000 over a year.
When Walker dropped out of the race, the campaign had nearly $1 million left, although that money was expected to go toward paying ongoing contracts, leases and other expenses that can continue even when a campaign stops. Those close to the campaign estimate he had a debt of roughly $700,000.
Scott Walker really has a lot of nerve…