NYT: How Rick Scott Wrecked Senate GOP Fundraising

The New York Times reports:

By the end of July, the committee had collected a record $181.5 million — but had already spent more than 95 percent of what it had brought in. The Republican group entered August with just $23.2 million on hand. Now top Republicans are beginning to ask: Where did all the money go? The answer, chiefly, is that Mr. Scott’s enormous gamble on finding new online donors has been a costly financial flop in 2022.

One fund-raising scheme used by the Senate committee involved sending an estimated millions of text messages that asked provocative questions — “Should Biden resign?” — followed by a request for cash: “Reply YES to donate.” Those who replied “YES” had their donation processed immediately, though the text did not reveal in advance where the money was going. Privately, some Republicans complained the tactic was exploitative.

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