- Despite Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz spending the summer on a fundraising blitz they dubbed the “America First” tour, the joint fundraising committee they launched is nearly broke.
- In its first few months, the Put America First PAC seemed like it was doing quite well, but according to new campaign finance filings made by the PAC, it now has a mere $13K in its war chest.
- With many planned tour stops canceled, the group only raised $57,000 but spent $159,000 over the summer on lavish stays at hotels and resorts across the country anyway.
Russ Choma from Mother Jones writes:
“Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz both have a knack for ginning up outrage and stealing headlines. All this sound and fury is assumed to hoover up dollars from the riled up grassroots, but that’s not true, according to the most recent campaign finance filings.
Despite the two spending the summer barnstorming the country on a grand fundraising swing they dubbed the America First tour, (the moniker adopted after scraping the “Angl0-Saxon” caucus), neither Greene nor Gaetz lived up to expectations on the fundraising end. And, just six months after founding it, the joint fundraising committee they launched to drive their tour is nearly broke.
In its first few months, the Put America First PAC seemed like it was off to a hot start, raising $360,000 in its first two months—but according to new campaign finance filings made by the PAC it now has just $13,000 in cash. Multiple tour stops were canceled this summer. Gaetz and Greene did hold at least one major event in Iowa in August. Despite attracting big headlines, the rally was, apparently, a financial bust. The group spent $159,000 from July 1 to September 30, and raised just $57,000.
On their own, the two firebrands have their own fundraising problems as well…”
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