The following is excerpted from a post on GoldUSAGroup in a series analyzing the Gary Johnson campaign finance. Comments from IPR in italics.
For February 2012 , the Johnson campaign had income of $41,879, spent $40,917, and had its total debts increase from $901,219 to $984,535.
Seems odd that spending would be less than income but debts increased.
In February 2012, the Johnson campaign gave $1075.01 to Merchant Service of 455 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, for merchant services, $150 to Media Temple of Culver City for web hosting fees, $51.49 to Zions Bank for bank charges and merchant fees, $3491.25 to Daines Goodwin in payment on obligation, and $36,150 to Political Advisors of Salt Lake City as payment on obligation. This time the various payments to Political Advisors were all round numbers, almost all round numbers of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
There were new debts for the period:
Invoice #104975 covering line 46942 covered everything identifiable as political outreach. It came to $12,509.75. Invoice #104979 covering line 46943 covered Johnson’s staff salaries. The salary invoice came to $107,374.31, almost nine times as much as the politics invoice.
#46942 includes (numbers rounded)
$856 for placing web ads,
$6509 for candidate and staff travel,
$616 for miscellaneous/supplies/office,
$812 for shipping, and
$3717 for email marketing costs.
Senior political officer, 50 hours at $325.00 per hour totalling $16,250
Mid-level management 600.7 hours at $125.00 per hour totalling $75087.50
more Mid-level management 88.27 hours at $95.00 per hour totalling $8385.65
general clerical hours 65.83 hours at $95.00 per hour totalling $1876.16
10 hours of creative advertising at $225.00 per hour for a total of $2250.
That’s about four FTE staff members. Also in here was $3525 of ‘outside subcontracts as per agreement’.
There were also payments to “Political Advisors”. The entire $36,150, all from donors to Johnson’s Libertarian Presidential campaign, went toward paying part of line 46743, debts that the Johnson campaign created in Summer 2011 for his Republican nominating drive. And what were those debts? Line #46743 for $127,645, none of which was paid in the period. Costs included:
Senior Political Advisor 50 hours at $16,250 ($325.00/hour)
Creative Advertising $13,500 for 60 hours ($225.00/hour)
Press relations $21,358 for 194 hours ($110.00/hour)
Mid-level Management $38,873 for 311 hours ($125.00/ hour, a 30% increase)
Mid-level Management $28,262 for 397.5 hours ($71.00/ hour, nearly a 75% increase)
“Outside subcontracts per agreement” $9,400.
That’s right, your February 2012 donations to Johnson 2012 went toward the campaign manager’s $325/hour salary, and down the line.