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Old 5th September 2022, 07:29 AM   #1
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National Republican Senatorial Committee has blown off most of its cash

Report: Rick Scott Blew It

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee had an astounding run of fundraising. But the money is nearly all gone now and with few returns.


Over the last two years, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has had an astounding run of fundraising, raking in millions of dollars. And just as midterms approach, it appears they’ve blown nearly all of it. The committee has spent nearly all the money—as a deeply-reported new New York Times story details—while receiving virtually nothing in return for the cash that was frittered away. Even worse, they have possibly burned donors who might be gone for good, according to the Times.

Through the end of July—the latest numbers available—the NRSC, which is supposed to be the fundraising bulwark that pulls together disparate individual Senate campaigns and propels the party to a victory in the Senate, has raised $181.5 million. In 2018, the last midterm election year, the committee raised just $151.5 million in the full two years—$30 million less, and the NRSC this year hasn’t hit the intense final months before the election that usually yields huge fundraising numbers. But the NRSC, which is led by Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott, has also spent $172.7 million. That leaves a net of just $8.8 million.

Of course, a political action committee isn’t a business, so the net haul isn’t the true metric that its success should be measured by—if that committee has spent the money to lay down a withering barrage of television ads, devastating waves of digital attacks and driven voters to the right, it might be fine that the NRSC is heading into the final months of the 2022 election with just over $23 million in the bank accounts. (The cash on hand reflects the fact that the NRSC started this current election cycle with some cash reserves). But, instead, the NRSC has called television stations to say that ad time it had previously reserved for the next few months should be cancelled. NRSC ads have largely evaporated from Facebook and at least in the Senate. The red tidal wave that six months ago looked unstoppable has ebbed and Democrats seem to have a real possibility of maintaining control of the Senate.
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Aww, let me get my tiniest violin for them.
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Old 5th September 2022, 09:30 AM   #5
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It's obscene and disgusting the way politics--and all else in the US--revolves around cash. Everything in that toxically capitalist country has a price and it's all for sale. Campaigning is practically a nevereding activity, and tireless claws are ceaseless in their grasping acquisition.

That political success is tied closely to funding is a stark warning of the inevitable corrupting influence of money.

How about setting a firm campaign season of 6 weeks, with strict limits on contributions so that the rich aren't buying influence? More like the way it's done in most other civilized nations.
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Originally Posted by Lurch View Post
It's obscene and disgusting the way politics--and all else in the US--revolves around cash. Everything in that toxically capitalist country has a price and it's all for sale. Campaigning is practically a nevereding activity, and tireless claws are ceaseless in their grasping acquisition.

That political success is tied closely to funding is a stark warning of the inevitable corrupting influence of money.

How about setting a firm campaign season of 6 weeks, with strict limits on contributions so that the rich aren't buying influence? More like the way it's done in most other civilized nations.
You're misunderstanding our national ethos: we don't use money to get politics, we use politics to get money. The politicians serve various interests in acquiring more money. Nobody's after political power in itself, the political power is just a tool for making money. Some manage to talk a good game -- the left has principles, the right has various degrees of Jesus -- but all that is just a cover for the money. It's all about the Benjamins, including Benjamin Franklin himself.
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Every minute Trump whines about how unfairly he thinks he is being treated is one less minute a GOP candidate gets to excoriate their Democratic opponent for high gas prices and killer bills at the grocery store.

Trump is the guy who during the 2020 campaign couldn't figure out how to use the power of the Presidency as a tool to get himself re-elected.

With less cash the local GOP candidates are even more strapped for opportunities to get the meat and potatoes message out.

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Trump is the guy who during the 2020 campaign couldn't figure out how to use the power of the Presidency as a tool to get himself re-elected.
Well, he thought pictures with Marines and shots of the Blue Angel flyby’s were what he needed.
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Curious Q: How much of that pot has been "loaned" to Trump to try to bail him out of his numerous legal problems...unsuccessfully? Truly crap lawyers don't come cheap!
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Curious Q: How much of that pot has been "loaned" to Trump to try to bail him out of his numerous legal problems...unsuccessfully? Truly crap lawyers don't come cheap!
I suspect little if any. Most of that money comes from Moscow Mitch's own super PAC. I don't see Mitch lifting a finger to do anything to help Trump out of his troubles.
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I suspect little if any. Most of that money comes from Moscow Mitch's own super PAC. I don't see Mitch lifting a finger to do anything to help Trump out of his troubles.
Trump's methods are not quite that direct. He sponges money by simply trying to hide how it gets to him. So just because this is "Mitch's money" does not mean Trump hasn't siphoned some indirectly.

For example: Rick Scott, a Trump booster, is mostly responsible for this "loss" by betting and losing on TV and social media advertising. Is there any way he could have bought "advertising" from or through a Trump front-man? Who simply failed to deliver, but the money was already gone to Trump's offshore account? Btw, Trump has form with this sort of "oh dear I lost" dodge while the money gets pocketed, e.g. his Atlantic City casinos.
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Originally Posted by Lurch View Post
It's obscene and disgusting the way politics--and all else in the US--revolves around cash. Everything in that toxically capitalist country has a price and it's all for sale. Campaigning is practically a nevereding activity, and tireless claws are ceaseless in their grasping acquisition.

That political success is tied closely to funding is a stark warning of the inevitable corrupting influence of money.

How about setting a firm campaign season of 6 weeks, with strict limits on contributions so that the rich aren't buying influence? More like the way it's done in most other civilized nations.


I accidentally got on the Right Wing mailing list when I went to Ron DeSantis' website to check something out. Since then, I get at least 10 emails a day begging for money. And it's getting worse the closer to the mid-terms we get. It's disgusting.
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I accidentally got on the Right Wing mailing list when I went to Ron DeSantis' website to check something out. Since then, I get at least 10 emails a day begging for money. And it's getting worse the closer to the mid-terms we get. It's disgusting.
I tried Googling for the name of fatigue that comes from constant repetition of a stimulus and found this expression: Semantic SatiationWP

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Semantic satiation is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds. Extended inspection or analysis (staring at the word or phrase for a lengthy period of time) in place of repetition also produces the same effect.
So this works against the intention of the pleadings.
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Aww, let me get my tiniest violin for them.
Well, they wanted Liberal tears...

I'm about half-drowned from laughing so hard.

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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
I tried Googling for the name of fatigue that comes from constant repetition of a stimulus and found this expression: Semantic SatiationWP



So this works against the intention of the pleadings.
They've overused the word "radical" so much that it's become the GOP filler equivalent of "like", "right?", and "know what I'm sayin'?" I don't think they can put more than two sentences together without using it.
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