How to pocket campaign funds


The pension fund was just sitting there.–Gary Trudeau

  • Rent office space from yourself. Both Tom Reed and Donald Trump do this.
  • Hold campaign events at properties you own as Donald has done.
  • Hire a ghostwriter to write a book, then use campaign funds to buy thousands of copies at retail as Donald has done.

Doubtless there are many more ways to put campaign money into your family’s pocket. One is to hire family members as campaign workers. Watch for them in the news.

Who knows? Win or lose Donald may turn a profit on his campaign.



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8 Responses to How to pocket campaign funds

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Wait, I thought Tom Reed didn’t have anything to do with RR Resource Recovery; I thought he sold that to a family member since he wasn’t allowed to have that income after getting elected?. What is he doing spending on maintenance for that business? I couldn’t find a reference to that foible online.
    From one of your citations:
    RR Resource Recovery Corning, NY $2,618 2015-01-15 utilities property maintenance


  2. Deb Meeker says:

    And, $3932.00 for Christmas tree ornaments? Did Reed sell those too?


  3. whungerford says:

    It would be interesting to check that the income reported matches the rent paid. Unfortunately, current records are likely unavailable.


  4. Deb Meeker says:

    So it’s evidently OK for Reed’s wife to receive income from a business he presently owns half of.. slick
    R and R Properties, LLC SP $100,001 –
    Distribution Spouse
    $5,001 – $15,000


  5. whungerford says:

    Reed should have relinquished control of the business. If true, that would mean he had nothing to do with the decision to rent the building to his reelection campaign.


  6. Deb Meeker says:

    “Perhaps most importantly to voters and taxpayers, member of Congress are strictly prohibited from earning or accepting income that may appear to be intended to influence the way they vote on legislation.”

    Tom Reed continues to fight for repealing the ACA, which would throw millions off of health insurance rolls, not allowing them to pay their medical bills. I’d certainly call that a conflict with half ownership of a medical debt collections business.


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