Steyer admits that he tried to buy the US Senate for Democrats. When that didn’t work, he bought the New Hampshire Democrats a legislative majority in 2018. He’s spent a small fortune in his race for the nomination (it’s okay he has vast wealth). And now he’s buying endorsements.
Sorry, his campaign is trying to buy endorsements. We don’t know if this has been successful. We only know (now) that he tried and failed in Iowa.
A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations.
The overtures from Pat Murphy, a former state House speaker who is serving as a top adviser on Steyer’s Iowa campaign, aren’t illegal — though payments for endorsements would violate campaign finance laws if not disclosed. There’s no evidence that any Iowans accepted the offer or received contributions from Steyer’s campaign as compensation for their backing.
The Steyer campaign has denied any connection to this “loan” wolf.
A spokesman for Steyer’s campaign told the AP that Murphy was not authorized to make the offers and that campaign leadership was unaware he had done so until the news service alerted them to Murphy’s efforts.
Fine. And it’s not illegal if they declare it. But here’s the thing. Steyer claims Trump is a dirty businessman who doesn’t know a thing about business. It’s a pillar of his campaign. And he’s the cure.
Trump’s policies have created an economic boom, massive job creation, and brought manufacturing back to the US. Minority unemployment is at historic lows. The Donald is wrestling better trade deals for America. He’s donating his salary to charitable causes. All of it.
Trump has created a Make America Great Workers and Families First Culture. Steyer is buying a Make Tom Steyer First Culture so he can stop Trump.
And he’s smarter than Donald Trump?
Steyer has spent tens of millions to get a few minutes on one debate stage. He’s still at it. He’s got money to burn. So how hard it is to picture a campaign advisor trying to buy endorsements?
What should taxpayers take away from this? Money is no object. Even when it’s their money? That makes him no different than Bernie or Liz Warren.
Trump, meanwhile, has used government to lower taxes for families and job creators to do with as they wish, and they’ve chosen to stimulate an economic boom.
Steyer’s got enough money to waste on primaries all the way to the convention. It’s his to spend. But to get his polling up, and be seen as anything other than a wallet with a mouth, he needs to do well in Iowa or New Hampshire. He’s around 1% nationally, 3% in Iowa, 4% in Nevada, but nowhere to be found anywhere else.
Buying endorsements is not illegal. But given his history and how the rest of the field feels about him buying his way in, it’s not a good look. If he’s such a good businessman, the endorsements should be rolling in – they are not. Probably because he’s an a**hole.
He needs to buy himself some credibility, and I bet he’ll keep doing it.