Marjorie Taylor Greene has some explaining to do, according to the Federal Elections Commission. They are seeking answers regarding $3.5 million in unitemized donations that Greene has received this year, just as a precautionary measure to make sure there aren’t unreported donations. It would take over 17,000 small donors to hit that amount, and given the fact that Greene is actually losing money on her current tour, that many donors seems like a stretch. Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.
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The federal election commission sent a notice to Marjorie Taylor Green’s husband this week, who happens to be serving as a one of the treasurers, I guess, for her campaign. And, uh,
They want to know why
Exactly she raised three and a half million dollars, but didn’t itemize any of those donations.
Now, before we go any further,
Let me explain here, raising three and a half million dollars for a politician is not a problem. Raising three and a half million dollars in an itemized donations is not a problem.
So long as a whole of those
Donations were under $200, meaning anything, $199 and 99 cents. And below you do not have to itemize and you do not have to list the names of the donor. So the FEC right now is simply trying to make sure that three and a half million dollars raised by Marjorie Taylor green this year is legit. And that every penny of it came from small donors who gave $199 and 99 cents
Now here’s the issue though, in order for this to be accurate, she would have had to have gotten three and a half million dollars from at least 17,630 different individuals giving hundred $99 and 99 cents. So more realistically we’re talking well over 17,000 different donors giving her this money again, totally not out of the realm of possibility, but there’s a couple things to keep in mind here. Yes. Marjorie Taylor green did see a huge spike in donations earlier this year. Right? Once she got kicked off, her committees used all that negative publicity turned it into a fundraising scheme. She raised a lot of money from it, but she didn’t raise three and a half million dollars from it. And then of course, we also know that she’s currently, you know, off and on again, I guess on her tour, around the country with Matt gates, where they’re not raising enough money to actually even pay for the tour.
It is, she’s selling out there to the public, isn’t resonating with the people she’s talking to because it’s not transforming into donations.
So yeah, I
Guess when you look at it that way, it, it, it does seem a little fishy, doesn’t it?
So what could be the case?
And this is pure speculation until we get answers. Obviously we don’t know for sure. Uh, but this money could have come, you know, from corporate donors from big time donors, whoever they are giving more than 200 bucks a pop, in which case, all she’s going to have to do is file an amended thing as they so often do and say, oh, okay, sorry. Yeah. I forgot to mention so-and-so gave me 5,000, whatever, here’s the problem I have with all of this. And again, it’s incredibly likely, and the most likely scenario is that this all did come from small donors. So don’t get me wrong about that. This probably all came from all donors
We have seen too many politicians just in the last month, get
Popped in the media for us screwing up there,
Financial disclosure forms. And then rather than being punished for it rather than being investigated, all they get to do is okay, well, you just amend this here and here you go, I’m done whatever. No, you screwed up. See, here’s the thing. If I screw up on my taxes and I file that with the federal government, much like they have to do with their campaign financial disclosures. If I mess up on my form, the IRS, doesn’t come back to me and say, oh, Hey, this is probably nothing. Could you just fix this and just send it back to us? Cool. Thanks. You’re great.
No, they’ll conduct an audit. I have
To pay fines and fees for filling out the form wrong for paying late, whatever it is for not disclosing certain income. You can get in a hell of a lot of trouble when we fill out what it mounts to. Basically our financial disclosure forms every year. If you do something wrong, you don’t get a Mulligan on it. You don’t get to just say, oops, totally forgot all this money. Like,
You know, Lauren did. And Matt gates did we, you don’t get that same
Opportunity that these individuals who should be held to a higher standard than you and me,
We don’t get that. And again,