Presidential candidates in the United States raise millions of dollars to fund their campaigns. What happens to leftover money once the campaign ends? JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Former Florida governor Jeb Bush finished a disappointing fourth in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary last month, winning just 7.8 percent of the vote. That same evening, Bush announced that he was dropping out of the race, ending a quest to win the office that his father and brother previously had held. Bush wasn't the first GOP candidate to bomb out in 2016 — 13 others had quit before him — but his failure was even more ignominious because of the gigantic amount of money that contributors had shelled out in hopes of putting him in the Oval Office. According to the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website, as of January 31, Bush's campaign organization and outside groups that supported his candidacy had raised about $152 million. To grasp the enormity of that … [Read more...] about What Happens to Failed Presidential Candidates’ Unspent Campaign Money?
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As a child who was prone to going down rabbit holes, I was obsessed with stories about unexplained phenomena. I consumed books about subjects such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, ghost stories, the Bermuda Triangle, extrasensory perception, spontaneous combustion, unidentified flying objects, alien life, and the existence of a higher power. When I became a man, I put away childish things. I do, however, still occasionally traverse rabbit holes, such as the voting machine hacking, the mystery of how Terra Morehead is not locked in a prison dungeon, and the biggest myth of them all — the myth of the Republican party. Have you ever met a real Republican? I’ve long believed that the Republican Party was a collective apparition even though tens millions of Americans have somehow been suckered into accepting its existence as fact. I’ve heard that they exist. I’ve even met some people who claim to have seen some of the elusive Republicans roaming in the wild. But … [Read more...] about There’s No Such Thing as a Republican Party