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The revelation that John Kerry still had $15 million left in his campaign treasure chest stunned Democrats, who rightfully asked themselves why the money hadn't been spent more aggressively in Ohio and other close races, or even spent on tight Senate campaigns in the final days of the election. As the Washington Post's Al Kamen reports, a specific set of Democrats had a much more personal interest in the money:
There are rumblings that, despite a recent discovery of $15 million in leftover campaign money, some of the Kerry campaign advance team are having trouble getting paid for the last several weeks of the campaign. Worse, many of them have not seen a per diem check since the end of August, we're told, and they do not know when they're going to get paid.
Phone calls apparently don't get returned and, if they do, the mantra is "next week" or "you're on my list."
I see now how John Kerry planned on balancing the budget: he just wouldn't pay the bills. This is not Kerry's first time for leaving workers in the lurch, either. Last July, Kerry left an $847 bill unpaid for a small airport used by the Kerry airplane:
When the biggest plane to ever land on the island touched down with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and his entourage, airport manager Al Peterson never imagined he would have trouble getting paid. ... But a caterer who bought food on the island for Kerry's campaign jet ducked one bill and haggled over another.
"Apparently they don't feel like he needs to pay fees to the airport," Peterson said. "I gather the senator objects to that because his aide quoted him as saying that he already pays taxes on the island."
Peterson is out $847 from the two visits Kerry has paid to the island since he became the presumptive Democratic nominee.
It's good to see the rich help out the little people, isn't it? Where are all those class warriors on the Left now?Sphere It View blog reactions
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