Sharen Neuhardt, candidate of the 1%

Who cares that you start your campaign $92K in the hole, as soon as you turn on the new campaign, the money rolls in, $97,510, and you pay off your former political consultant a 4-year-old debt of $5k, you start paying yourself back on the loans you made, and you collect the money for the primary AND the general all at once (two checks of $2,500) as if the law that limits the campaign to $2,500 per cycle makes a difference. You don’t play by the rules the everyday candidate has to play by.

Take a look at this filing from the FEC. Her check of $2,700 to NGP VAN for her software rental was almost half of all I raised.

She hired a staffer (obviously to call donors for her) Uriah Anderson, for about $1,600 every two weeks. She spent $19,873.02 and this was the filing through Feb. 15th (I was too busy running to do the proper reporting).

We have the best candidate money could buy- and she won with a paltry 7,530 votes. That works out to: $12.95 a vote.

If she continues on that pace, and has to beat just Turner’s primary vote- of 79,548 at $12,95 a vote, she needs to raise: $1,030,123 ignoring the fact that the general election will have a much higher turnout. No matter what, she’s going to need at least 2 commas in her campaign chest.

While this filing doesn’t have the huge PAC money in it yet- it’s coming. Read it and wake up. We’re on our way to another auction for Congress. Sharen Neuhardt Pre-primary 2012 FEC Filing

Who needs to say anything. Money talks.

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11 Responses

  1. Diane March 8, 2012 / 10:46 am
    1. In the United States, the lawyers make the rules.
    2. Sharon Neuhardt is a lawyer.
    3. See #1 above.

    As soon as I can retire, I’m expatriating to Central America.

  2. Lynn March 8, 2012 / 3:18 pm
    Hey David, you seem to be very knowledgeable about the board of elections.  I believe I got an all republican ballot the other day.  I wanted to vote for Sheriff Plummer because I love him and a few republican judges.  If a person votes openly regardless of party, versus strickly for one party, do you have to say independent or you only get a one party ballot?

    Thanks  Lynn

  3. David Esrati March 8, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    Hi Lynn, Plummer didn’t have a primary challenger- he was guaranteed to win. I doubt any of the judges had opposition either. In Ohio you can ask for an “issues only ballot” and be a “independent”- which means you only get to pick from whatever others picked for you in a primary- or you can pick the 2 major parties or the 5 minor ones. This year- the Green party actually had 2 candidates vying for an office so you would have had one choice.

    I’ve covered this before on the site. And I thought I could count on your vote… :-(

  4. Lynn March 8, 2012 / 4:13 pm
    Im not real well versed in politics because as I said in person to ou,  I hate the political nonsense of trying to get things done.  I hate phony too.

    How did you do?  Do you know yet?  I didnt realize until I spoke to someone that Obama was on there.  I said I didnt Obama on mine, only a bunch of racists and Ron Paul, lol

    When do I get a tour of your hood with you?

  5. David Esrati March 8, 2012 / 4:39 pm

    Hi Lynn- Obama was on the DEMOCRATIC primary ballot- along with me. Mr. Third place out of six.

    Tour of the hood soon-

  6. Ryan Steele March 8, 2012 / 9:03 pm
    David, thought you might get a kick out of this; it’s not exact, but I spent aprox. 6/10 of a cent per vote… that has to be some kind of record. :)
  7. David Lauri March 8, 2012 / 10:01 pm
    One of the commenters on this thread seems to be related to regular commenter Gary.
  8. David Esrati March 9, 2012 / 5:03 am

    @David Lauri- sorry, yep- our great democracy doesn’t do a very good job of explaining our system of voting. I guess I’ll have to make a video about it….

    @Ryan, I hate to tell you this, but, None of the above would have beat you and Mack on this. You did well for doing next to nothing- apparently your power base is in Fayette County. Don’t let that deter you, learn what works. Shake a lot of hands- not at candidates nights- but, door to door- and have at least a business card to hand out.

  9. David Esrati March 9, 2012 / 8:13 am

    @Joe Mamma- “never underestimate the stupidity of people in large numbers”

    I’m not proud of how much I spent to lose. It was way too much. The Dem turnout was horrid.

    Note- Turner spent what Sharen raised in this election. Watch for the money machines to kick in.

  10. Diane March 9, 2012 / 12:37 pm
    As soon as I figure out it’s a robo-call, I hang up…always. Who the heck listens through those things anyway? And who the heck votes just because some idiotic computer told them too?!?!?

    Wow. There must be a lot of genuinely brain-dead people out there.

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