Republican Scam Artist Trolling For Donald Trump
As we’re getting closer to the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, Donald Trump is having to hurry to assemble the practical political apparatus that his opponents in the Republican nomination contest already have a great deal of experience with. Trump is getting some special help with this task, however.
Last month, Scott B. Mackenzie, a Washington D.C. political consultant, established a political action committee called Patriots for Trump. The PAC is already spending money to establish local political teams in Iowa and New Hampshire that will finagle the system in Donald Trump’s favor.
Where that money comes from, we can’t say for sure. However, we can say that Scott Mackenzie has used some unethical means of gathering money in the past.
A couple of years ago, Scott Mackenzie helped to establish a PAC called Conservative Strike Force. That PAC sent out massive numbers of emails asking people to make donations to help out the campaign of Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia. The group begged, “Please donate whatever vou can right now. Ken Cuccinelli needs you!”
Conservative Strike Force raised 2.2 million dollars. It sent Ken Cuccinelli 10 thousand dollars. Ken Cuccinelli later successfully sued Mackenzie and others for their deceptive practices, resulting in a punitive fine.
In fact, Scott Mackenzie is Treasurer of 30 such political action committees. They solicit huge amounts of money from small donors, claiming that the money is needed to help Republican political candidates, but Mackenzie’s PACs use just a tiny portion of the money they receive to help any political campaigns.
Where does all the money go? According to the Center For Responsive Politics, one of Scott Mackenzie’s group, Freedom’s Defense Fund, spent 69 percent of the money it gathered from donors on direct payments to Scott Mackenzie.
It isn’t just financial ethics that Scott Mackenzie has problems with. Mackenzie also has trouble simply telling the truth. It was Mackenzie who established the Conservative Majority Fund a few years ago, a PAC that was devoted to spreading false rumors that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Those false rumors were also spread by Donald Trump. So, maybe it’s apt that Trump is having his ground game in Iowa and New Hampshire pumped up with the money Scott Mackenzie gathered through his dishonest schemes. It’s apt, but that doesn’t make it any less crooked.