The $65,000 Question

Not to make it seem like I’m picking on Charles Lollar and his campaign, but a review of his Federal Election Commission filings reveal and interesting series of payments made to Lollar from his campaign account.

In all, the filings report that Lollar received $65,000 in disbursements from his 2010 Congressional campaign account. All of the forms are easily viewable. Just click here and conduct a search for Lollar and you will be able to view the same reports that this data was culled from.

Of most interesting note on the above spreadsheet are the following, which imply that Lollar was being paid a salary by the Lollar for Congress Committee:

  • July 14, 2010: $500
  • July 20, 2010: $1,000
  • August 2, 2010: $500
  • August 11, 2010: $2,000
  • September 13, 2010: $8,000
  • October 4, 2010: $11,000
  • November 2, 2010: $12,000
  • December 1, 2010: $12,000
This means that according to FEC records Charles Lollar received $47,000 in what was labeled as salary from his Congressional campaign account during the months before and immediately after his 2010 Congressional campaign.
It’s important to note that what Lollar did in receiving a salary to run for Congress is by no means illegal, and has been done a number of times over the years, by such candidates including Alan Keyes and Joe the Plumber.  While the practice of paying one’s self a salary to run for office illegal, it is certainly frowned upon and was not necessarily the intent of those donors who were contributing to Lollar’s run against Hoyer.
As a fiscal conservative first and foremost, the idea that one of our candidates for Governor would pay themselves a salary in order to run for office is off-putting. It’s bad enough that we consider incumbents who have served a long time in office as “professional politicians”, but receiving a salary to run for office means that you’re receiving a salary not just for being a public servant, but merely in attempting to become a public servant. That means literally being a professional politician, receiving a salary like running for office is your job. And it gives me great pause about the future viability of such a candidate who has undertaken such a course of action…

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I reached out to Lollar campaign manger Karen Winterling for comment but have not received a response. I will be delighted to provide a response when one is available.

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