Here’s an interesting bit of campaign trivia: apparently Carly Fiorina has been stiffing contractors from her failed 2010 Senate campaign for five years now, and only deigned to start paying them after she decided to run for president. No, really:
Famed California pollster Joe Shumate was found dead in his home one month before Election Day 2010, surrounded by sheets of polling data he labored over for the flailing Senate bid of Carly Fiorina.
Upon his death, Fiorina praised Shumate as “the heart and soul” of her team. She issued a news release praising him as a person who believed in “investing in those he worked with” and offering her “sincerest condolences” to his widow.
But records show there was something that Fiorina did not offer his widow: Shumate’s last paycheck, for at least $30,000. It was one of more than 30 invoices, totaling about $500,000, that the multimillionaire didn’t settle — even as Fiorina reimbursed herself nearly $1.3 million she lent the campaign. She finally cleared most of the balance in January, a few months before announcing her run for president.
“Occasionally, I’d call and tell her she should pay them,” said Martin Wilson, Fiorina’s former campaign manager, who found Shumate after the pollster collapsed from a heart attack. “She just wouldn’t.”
Faced with public scrutiny for being a deadbeat, Fiorina did the right thing: she blamed liberals for it. No, really:
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina attacked “the left and their allies in the media” for a critical report released Monday that says her 2010 California Senate campaign mismanaged money and failed to pay vendors for their work.
Her campaign slammed the media for unfair treatment in comparison with coverage of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“It’s becoming obvious that the left and their allies in the media are terrified of Carly because she is everything Hillary (Clinton) isn’t — a candidate from outside the political class whose authenticity and grasp of the issues connects with voters because she has the track record to challenge the status quo,” a Fiorina campaign aide told NBC News.
Yes, “the left and their allies in the media” are criticizing Carly Fiorina for only paying her bills when it’s politically expedient to pay them, because we’re all terrified of her. Not because of what it says about her as a potential president or, dare I say, as a human being. That’s the ticket.
The dastardly liberal media, by the way, has been bending over backwards to put Fiorina’s unwillingness to make good on her bills in context by noting that it took Hillary Clinton four years to pay back her $12 million in debt from her 2008 campaign. There are a couple of slight problems with that, though. One is that $12 million is a lot more money than the estimated $500,000 that Fiorina was in debt, particularly when you consider that Hillary Clinton didn’t wreck a major tech company in exchange for a cool $100 million in total compensation back in the day. Two, nobody affiliated with Clinton ever said anything his sociopathic about her debt:
Fiorina, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment. Her supporters say the criticism was misplaced.
“People are just upset and angry and throwing her under the bus,” said Jon Cross, Fiorina’s operations director for her Senate campaign. “If we didn’t win, why do you deserve to get paid? If you don’t succeed in business, you shouldn’t be the first one to step up and complain about getting paid.”
And three, Clinton didn’t make sure to repay herself before everyone else, as Fiorina did, which also too kind of puts a lie to the whole “if we didn’t win, why do you deserve to get paid” bullshit. If Carly Fiorina doesn’t win an election, then Carly Fiorina maybe doesn’t deserve to get paid. The companies that built her campaign stages for her and handled direct mail for her and did her polling, all of them of the small business variety that Republicans claim to love so much, none of those companies or the people who work for them were to blame for the fact that Carly Fiorina ran a shitty Senate campaign and is in fact a pretty shitty candidate for public office. Those things were all Carly Fiorina’s fault. Yet for some reason Carly Fiorina made sure that Carly Fiorina got paid while everybody else was left flapping in the wind (at least until propriety demanded she make good).
The upshot is that if you have a chance to work for Carly Fiorina, caveat emptor. If you’re her employee you’re probably going to get fired, and if you’re her contractor, don’t expect to get paid for your work. I used to think that Fiorina was basically Donald Trump, only better able to fake it. But I’m not sure that even Trump would handle his business like this.
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