(JustPatriots.com)- Democrats criticize Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for abysmal financial planning.
According to recent reports highlighting the campaign’s outstanding debt, Abrams raised more than $103 million for the unsuccessful campaign.
A senior Democratic official told reporters that it was incredibly poor planning, and it shows where values lie. It is impossible to wake up one day and realize you cannot pay your bills.
Abrams, who became a media darling during her 2018 gubernatorial campaign and subsequent voting rights advocacy, lost to incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp in November, despite her record-setting cash haul.
Local reporter Greg Bluestein explained that Abrams’ campaign expenditures have come under increased scrutiny as new details emerged about the tight cash crunch she faced before losing to Kemp by nearly 8 points in November.
A previous report revealed how money became so tight that most of the 180 full-time staffers were given a sudden cutoff date for their paychecks just one week after the November election. Several of these employees reportedly were concerned that they would be unable to pay their rent.
More than $1 million is still owed to vendors, according to Lauren Groh-Wargo, campaign manager for Abrams, who told reporters that the team is attempting to repay debts.
Bluestein spoke with former employees who described extravagant expenditures, such as renting a home to serve as the background for TikTok videos. Some aides commandeered the vacant five-bedroom craftsman-style house, which is now available to rent for $12,500 per month, as a makeshift office. A pop-up shop and “swag truck” distributed merchandise such as T-shirts and hoodies. Staff members complained that there was no apparent strategy behind the giveaways. Abrams’ campaign also made excessive expenditures on polls that were disregarded.
Reports show that even though Abrams and her aides broke records for midterm fundraising, her campaign burned through cash at equally high rates.
In the campaign’s final two weeks, ad buys were cut in half, an early indication of the campaign’s financial problems. Another significant example is the elimination of a program that allowed staff members to schedule mental health sessions.
Bluestein noted that Abrams has embarked on a media tour, which has angered some of her former deputies.
Stacy Abrams is about Stacey Abrams and nothing else.