Solutions America August FEC Report
The Solutions America FEC report came two days early this month, as the traditional posting day (the 20th) falls on a Sunday. Some highlights:
- Overall: The Committee raised $357,901 in July and spent $306,876.31, $92,000 of which were contributions to Federal candidates.
- Contributions -- Key States: In July, Rudy made contributions to three Republicans running for Congress in Iowa, Steve King, Tom Latham, and Mike Whalen, each for $2,000 -- as well as maxing out to the Iowa Prioriries Action Committee, GOV candidate Jim Nussle's PAC. In South Carolina, Rudy made a $2,000 contribution to Ralph Norman's Congressional campaign.
- Contributions -- Other: Other candidates Rudy contributed to included Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Michael Bilirakis (FL), Brian Bilbray (CA-50), Eric Cantor (VA), Chris Chocola (IN-2), Rick O'Donnell (CO-7), Deborah Pryce (OH), John Ensign (NV-SEN), Dave Reichert (WA), Max Burns (GA-12), Mike McGavick (WA-SEN), Speaker Dennis Hastert, Heather Wilson (NM-1), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL), Mac Collins (GA-8), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), Pete Ricketts (NE-SEN0, Anne Northup (KY-3), Pete Sessions (TX), John Raese (WV-SEN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Charles Taylor (NC), Curt Weldon (PA), and tending to the home front, a whopping $33,900 to John Faso's campaign for Governor in New York.
- Staff & Consultants: Solutions America added one Colin Probert to the payroll in July. Otherwise, the staff has remained consistent: John Avlon (as Communications Director), Michael Mahoney, and Melissa Davis. The PAC continues to retain Anne Dickerson and DGM & Associates at $25,000 a month -- money well spent since Dickerson was director of Rangers & Pioneers at Bush-Cheney '04. They have also hired the firms of McDermott Will & Emery and Covington & Burling to do their legal work. (It should be noted that most of Rudy's high command -- Tony Carbonetti, former Karl Rove deputy Chris Henick, and spokeswoman Sunny Mindel -- work out of Giuliani Partners.)
- Web: Rudy continues to have the best website of any of the contenders on the Republican side (compare this to this, and you'll see what I mean). RightClick Strategies gets $28,000 for the month -- or nearly 10% of all spending.
- Meeting Expenses: I won't go into the line-by-line here, but there seem to be more than a couple of $2,000-$3,000-ish bills for "meeting expenses" around New York City. Could be a sign of Rudy's courting of big donors.
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