After announcing her candidacy against newly elected Congressman Dusty Johnson, in the first FEC Report covering the first month of candidacy, Democrat Congressional candidate Ellee Spawn is reporting that she has raised $4.80. As in four dollars and eighty cents.
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I’m not sure how you can put a bow on a report like this, and claim the campaign isn’t a dumpster fire. Even more oddly, Spawn started this campaign to go to Washington almost simultaneously as a friend was writing publicly that she was having some financial issues.
Spawn, an early supporter of Bernie Sanders for President, started her campaign for Congress on 11/13/18 – about two weeks before a friend made a plea for cash (dated 11/29/18) on Go Fund Me, where the friend was attempting to raise $2700 to fix Spawn’s vehicle describing some fairly dire circumstances for someone who had started to run for Congress:
My dear friend Elle has had a string of horrible luck this year, in her words….this last year has been a bit of a three ring circus.
She was able to borrow the money from a friend but in the meantime, without her car, was unable to get to work, lost the job, and as a result lost her apartment. Both she and her son have been couch surfing since July because it’s nearly impossible to rent another apartment once there’s an eviction judgment on your record.
She’s been offered an opportunity to relocate and start over and has a pretty good job lined up when she gets there. Getting back on her feet and getting her son back and forth to school is going to be next to impossible without her vehicle.
I can certainly empathize, as we all have a run of hard luck at times. But I don’t know anyone who solved their problems by running for Federal office. Especially considering the Go Fund Me plea came AFTER her paperwork was filed to run for Congress.
Currently in the campaign, Spawn has been bolstering her Democrat campaign for Congress by working with Republican State Senator Stace Nelson on legislation, and from her facebook page, which she’s using as a campaign website, it appears that she’s holding her first fundraiser in Pierre, a week from Thursday:
Given the information reported on her FEC report and elsewhere, that might not be a bad idea.
We’ll see how she spends it in the next report.