George Phillies, the chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts and the editor of the Liberty for America newsletter, sent out the following special report today:
Liberty For America Special Report, Late July
For July, 2016, the Johnson campaign began with $175,574 Cash on Hand . The campaign had receipts of $664,293, made disbursements during the month of $380,886, and ended July with $458,981 cash on hand at the end of the month.
What were the reported disbursements? They totaled, according to the downloadable file of the campaign finance report, $380,886. Where did to money go?
There was political activity: The campaign gave $86,194 to Alita Grafx and Sign Wise for signage, signs, bumper stickers, buttons, T-shirts, and related items. The campaign spent $6892 on air travel, and one trip by train. No Monkey received $500 for website hosting.
$20,000 went the the Libertarian National Committee for ballot access. Specialists included $7950 to McCauley and Associates for accounting, $5600 to Aristotle International for Software, and $2000 to DB Capitol Strategies for Legal Consulting.
Money handling included $14,082 to WePay for Merchant Processing, $235 in contribution refunds, and $148 to Wells Fargo for Bank fees.
Nathan Grabau and Constance Hannigan-Franck received between them $2787 for Media relations. John Vaught received received $1403 for Media Relations. For “Grassroots Advocacy”, Andy Craig, Charles Frohman, and Apollo Pazell received $3000, $5500, and $2000, respectively. Media and grassroots efforts thus totalled to $14,690. Buried in there someplace is $593 of “Food for Meetings”.
Then there were the campaign consultants. For “Campaign Consulting”, Edward Ashley received $1250, Christopher Thrasher received $2367, and First Place Campaigns of Chicago, Illinois received $7000.
For Press Relations consulting, Joe Hunter received $25,000.
Last but decidedly not least, Liberty Consulting Services of Salt Lake City received $186,200 for Campaign consulting.
The people and firms called “consulting” thus received $221,817, while “media” and “grassroots received an additional $14,690.
Totaling it all up, consultants and media people received 62% of campaign spending. Signage, web pages, and other outreach items came to 30% of campaign spending. The last 8% of campaign spending went for back office operations such as merchant fees.