Yes, I caught the Rebekah Metzler piece (Link: ) a few weeks back about the BIG fundraiser for EC and the rest of the not-quite-ready-for-primetime-players down in DC. This makes an average reporter with an IQ higher than a turnip start digging in and asking questions.
Unfortunately, those turnips are winning. Consider the following.
1. In January, EC filed the necessary paperwork to be considered a candidate. Not the signatures to get on the ballot, mind you, but that fiddly little bit of legal stuff that says he’s planning on running, and will be planning on fundraising.
2. His campaign committee is called “Cutler For Maine,” as listed on his candidate report. (link here)
3 That campaign committee never filed a PAC report, as due on April 10th. He could argue that no report was filed since it isn’t a PAC, but what exactly is it? Further, the planned fundraiser swankiness certainly has some up-front expenses that have to be paid, and reported if they fall within the time frame of the period in question. Caterers, stringed musicians and such. Can’t quite plan a fundraiser with the “K-Street” set unless you’ve purchased plenty of whiskey, either.
4. The $1500 a ticket price virtually guarantees that the buyers of influence set will be setting the agenda for his campaign. Not a shocker, but keep bringing that up the next time he gives the “Aw, shucks” local boy shrug.
5 Such funds, raised at this time and left unreported, could quite literally be spent on anything. Attack ads, Justin Schair’s salary, Ted O’Meara’s pre-consulting fees, a whiskey and hookers lawn dart party…we’ll never know.
DISCLOSURE: I have had several questions about who is paying for this blog.
Me. In the interest of full disclosure, I took myself out a week ago and bought myself a beer for the effort. Thursday, I’ll likely run in to O’Meara at this event (“The Business of Politics”) so I promise to leave the recorder running when I ask him about future plans for the big piles of untraceable cash.