Action among the losers

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People rarely check up on what’s going on in the campaign accounts of losing candidates. It’s not liable to be newsworthy or politically relevant.

Then there’s blogs, thankfully.

Katrina Shealy, who got about $50,000 from Howard Rich and his friends, then nailed by Sen. Jake Knotts in the runoff, is still paying her consultants. Starboard Communications got $15,000 from Shealy on Sept. 1, about two and a half months after the election. She also paid $561 to Nelson Mullins on Sept. 28 for a “legal opinion.” That’s a little odd. Sure, a campaign may put an attorney on retainer during the race to run things by them, but a “legal opinion” in late September, three months after the election?

Two of the SCRG/Conservatives in Action-tied Sandlapper Group‘s losing candidates are still paying those guys, too. Ed Rumsey, who got absolutely obliterated in his race for HD-2, paid Chad Connelly and Taft Matney $20,000. Kyle Boyd, who lost to Rep. Carl Gullick, sent $14,481.14 Sandlapper’s way.

Joe Bustos, who lost to Mike Sottile in HD-112, has lauched a camapaign for mayor of Mt. Pleasant and has hired Rod Shealy to run that race.


7 Responses to “Action among the losers”

  1. 1 rylyn
    October 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Just for the record there are lots of campaigns – “winners and losers”, that have debt that will be paying for them long after the elections are over. I bet there are people with campaign debt that is more than 3 months old – do you think?? Have you had your head in the sand for the last 50 years?

  2. October 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    You totally didn’t get what John wrote.

  3. 3 rylyn
    October 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Then explain it to me

  4. 4 rylyn
    October 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Explain it then

  5. 5 rylyn
    October 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Sorry for the duplicate question.

  6. October 24, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Yes, campaign organizations often are around for months or years afterwards, because it takes some time to shut down everything. What was weird is that several losing camapaigns were still giving thousands to their consultants months afterward. Why couldn’t that payment have been made in July, a month later? Why September? And WTF with the “legal opinion?”

  7. 7 rylyn
    October 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Maybe you should call Shealy and ask her, I bet she would tell you, but it could be a bill the campaign didn’t receive until after the election.

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