In 2013 we posted a speech given by firebrand political strategist Pat Caddell who argued that many of the political consultants during the Romney campaign were interested more in lining their pockets than in getting the former governor elected president. (I personally don’t think it made much of a difference, but who knows.) The attached article seems to confirm that this sort of thing continues as the GOP gears up for the 2016 election.
This isn’t some hit piece. It comes from a website, Right Wing News, with legit conservative credibility. And for some groups the report is pretty damning.
(From Right Wing News)
So, I decided to find out once and for all what’s really happening with these conservative groups. Towards that end, I hired an experienced researcher, Jay Batman, to do an in-depth 170 page report on 21 big name conservative groups that we selected. We focused on big name organizations along with other groups that had been targeted in reports by other media outlets. Eventually, after finding that the money issues all seemed to center around the PACs, we decided to drop four (501(c)(3)s and (501(c)(4)s and focus where we were finding the problems. After the research was done, my partner Tiffiny Ruegner and I reached out to all of these groups to give them a chance to respond. A little less than half of the PACs replied, but we did want to get their side of what was happening because the ultimate goal was to compare all these groups in as neutral a fashion as possible so conservatives can decide whether their money was well spent.
That was not as easy as it sounds.