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September 18, 2014

Chris McDaniel Finished Mississippi Senate Runoff With $386,000

Chris McDaniel Finished Mississippi Senate Runoff With $386,000

McDaniel had nearly $400,000 left after his runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chris McDaniel, who may soon launch an official challenge to the results of the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff, still had $386,000 in his campaign coffers a week after the late June election, according to his July quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

McDaniel, who hoped to use that money for the November general election, instead lost to Sen. Thad Cochran by more than 7,600 votes. But he’s since refused to concede.

Nearly a month later, his campaign continues to allege that Cochran won with illegitimate votes, and his supporters are going through Mississippi election records to determine if enough potentially illegal votes were cast to allow McDaniel to formally challenge the results.

In the second quarter โ€” which stretched from April 1, two months before the June 3 primary, through June 30, a week after the runoff โ€” McDaniel raised $1.8 million and spent $1.8 million, according to FEC filings.

That sum pales in comparison to the amount of money spent by outside groups on McDaniel’s behalf, which, according to data from the Sunlight Foundation, totaled $5.8 million.

The campaign owes $100,100 in debt to McDaniel, who loaned that money to his campaign at the end of last year. Some of the money left over in his campaign account likely could only be used in the general.

McDaniel’s campaign is still raising money, but all of it is going toward the legal fund, which is being used to finance the examination of election records and to pay attorneys. McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch estimated a challenge would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and that the campaign had already spent around $100,000 on lawyers.

Cochran is heavily favored to win re-election, and the race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Sophlady

    McDonald is fleecing followers a month after losing an election to put more money in his own pockets, and, those of two friends of his who are representing him in a hopeless case. He is a very selfish man.

    • intrepid82

      Who the hell is McDonald?

      • Sophlady

        A legendary farmer.

        • Jeff Myob

          EIEIO

  • http://fb.me/MrMikeDavis Mike Davis

    If McDaniel finished with $385,000 cash on hand, then why is he complaining that the Harrison County clerk wants him to cover the $1,000 cost of redacting the poll books? Gotta wonder how much suing everyone in sight is costing him.

    • Sophlady

      Actually, MCDANIEL is claiming that each county will charge him $100,000 to view the poll books. He also says that information not disclosed to the public by law should be given to him because he is … special. Why is McDaniel saying these foolish things? Because he knows his followers are dim-witted and easy to manipulate.

      • Fishingnut

        Truth

    • Nat George

      I’m not from Mississippi, but it seems to me . . . if it is obvious Fraud has occurred. And since you KNOW votes were cast by ineligible voters you would want to clear the matter up. If the government doesn’t want to do that then it is participating in the FRAUD or at minimum covering it up..

      Right now in this country it is increasingly becoming the thing where LAWS don’t matter from the TOP – down. If we as citizens refuse to recognize this we have no one to blame for the loss of our wonderful country.

      • http://fb.me/MrMikeDavis Mike Davis

        > “And since you KNOW votes were cast by ineligible voters”

        Do we know that? Because the way MS ยง 97-13-35 reads, a voter is only ineligible “to vote in the primary election of one party when he shall have voted on the same date in the primary election of another party.”

        The D primary was June 3. The GOP runoff was June 24. Is that the same date on your calendar?

        • Capitalismczar

          I have to hand it to you Mike, you are consistent. Consistently in the pocket of Cochran. How much is he paying you to protest on these websites? Or is someone else paying you on his behalf?

          • Fishingnut

            Why do right wingers think that anyone who disagrees with them have to be getting paid? I disagree with you, are you being paid?

          • Capitalismczar

            The difference between Mike and I is Mike searches out every pro McDaniel story and bludgens it with commentary while I occasionally run across McDaniel stories and post once or maybe twice. He is advocating for a guy who he shouldnt care about at all. That is why I feel he is on the payroll. I post because we are all getting quite sick of Democrats like Cochran and want a different alternative.

          • Dirty Sanchez

            Who are you to decide what any of us should care about?

          • Sally

            Democrats like Cochran? I myself am sick of GOPers bowing to the Kochs and ALEC and ruining states. MI’s education system is a mess because GOP Gov. Snyder took retirement funds to cover his tax breaks for businesses. Now he’s trying to pretend he is all for public schools. He also has not addressed our crumbling roads, and will not, if he can help it. We’d better vote these idiots out before we find ourselves in a theocracy run by Ted Cruz and his wacko father.

          • Capitalismczar

            Progressive Republicans are the same as Democrats were 20 years ago.

          • Capitalismczar

            Whos retirement funds? Public Union ones? Good for him.

        • Nat George

          I will accept your writing on this because it won’t make a difference ultimately if I research it and find that there is something out of context here. Time, and whatever the quality of government that is existent in Mississippi will be the ultimate judge here. In that respect, reading what you have quoted I wouldn’t place a lot of hope.

          All I can say is we know Cochran’s body is still alive, BUT COCHRAN is BRAIN DEAD when it comes to being interviewed and has NO BUSINESS being in Washington DC.

          • Sally

            And that is why the Democrat should go to DC. Meanwhile, the primary voters picked Cochran.

        • Sally

          In MI, we have open primaries…both parties are on the same ballot. If you vote on one side, and then vote on the other, the ballot is thrown out. I would imagine that MS does the same thing. So unless the GOP vote counting machines were not working, no one could have voted twice. McDaniel is just a poor loser, and was no doubt told by Rove that he was a shoe-in.

          • Capitalismczar

            You presume too much and Rove would have been on Cochroaches side since Rove loves establishment Republicans.

  • lsam53

    Suckers! These Republican con men are oozing out all over the place. Do they have special grifting classes in Fundyland?

  • Celina McCann

    “Stay true and fight this fight, son. Don’t turn your back on the will of The Lord.” I can see elder Mississippians egging on this McDaniel miscreant, they are the donors and orchestrators of this Tea Party disease and these old folks are not immune to criticism.

    • Nat George

      The only “disease” is YOU expecting the rest of the country to pay for YOUR bad habits.

      • Sally

        You do know that MS gets far more in federal dollars than they send it, yes? That their education system is at the bottom? That they have more people out of work than most other states? Now, tell me, who has the bad habits again? I am liberal, and have worked for 45 years now. Never been on assistance. Never been out of work when I wanted a job. This whole Fox ‘lazy liberals’ meme is idiotic. We are all Americans. We need government to work for us. When the GOP has one idea that will help the people, please get back to us.

  • opinionated1234

    Kudos to Chris McDaniel…..fight for Truth in Elections.
    If we don’t have honesty and integrity in our government, then our country is doomed to fail and become part of the Global NWO. Most of these people who have commented on this site at the moment seem to be glibly partisan and politically ignorant. Too many of you are accepting this without question or care.

    • Rrrriiiiiight….

      He isn’t fighting for “truth in elections.” He’s a con man scamming money from useful idiots like you.

      Even if a few democrats did vote in both primaries, it’s nowhere near the 7500+ he needs for a different result, you can be assured of that.

      He was outplayed, outclassed and outvoted. Plain and simple. He took on an incumbent Senator and almost pulled off the win only to lose in the runoff because his small, pathetic pool of neo-nazi, neo-confederate fascist extremists weren’t enough to compete in an open primary against a large pool of cross-over African Americans who had every right to vote for THEIR Senator.

      Then he got up there and made claims for a month about fraud that he has yet to substantiate with any amount of evidence.

      McDaniel got schooled and ended up looking like a whiny little chump.

      DEAL WITH IT, ALREADY.

    • welcometo1984

      What part of $5.8million in outside spending did you not understand.

  • Catfish

    Y’all know Chris McDaniel comes from Laurel, Jones County, Mississippi, right?

    Well, there’s another famous McDaniel from Laurel. His name is Edward Lenox (E.L.) McDaniel, and he “was instrumental in organizing the Ku Klux Klan in 1962 in Mississippi as the Grand Kleagle for the whole state. He started a state Klan in Laurel with the White Knights and was instrumental in drawing up that constitution. He was also elected Grand Dragon of the United Klans.”

    Some links to check out:

    http://www.bigstory.ap.org/photo/elmcdaniel

    http://digilib.usm.edu/cdm/ref/collection/coh/id/5321

    http://crdl.usg.edu/people/m/mcdaniel_e_l_edward_l_1934/

    http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/mississippi/e1.html

    By reorganizing the KKK in Mississippi just before Freedom Summer, the elder McDaniel bears some responsibility for the murders of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, and all the terrorism committed in its name.

    I wonder if Chris is kin to “Uncle E.L.”? Seems likely in such a small town…

  • Stink Eye

    shut up and go home, chris. you lost. the longer your temper tantrum goes on, the more hope you give the democrats. and God forbid you should actually get a new election.

    if the repblicans fail to take control of the senate by a single seat, and they lose mississippi because you can’t control your ego, then the blood is on your hands.

  • Catfish

    Y’all know Chris McDaniel comes from Laurel, Jones County, Mississippi, right?

    Well, there’s another famous McDaniel from Laurel. His name is Edward Lenox (E.L.) McDaniel, and he “was instrumental in organizing the Ku Klux Klan in 1962 in Mississippi as the Grand Kleagle for the whole state. He started a state Klan in Laurel with the White Knights and was instrumental in drawing up that constitution. He was also elected Grand Dragon of the United Klans.”

    Some informative links:

    http://www.bigstory.ap.org/photo/elmcdaniel

    http://digilib.usm.edu/cdm/ref/collection/coh/id/5321

    http://crdl.usg.edu/people/m/mcdaniel_e_l_edward_l_1934/

    http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/mississippi/e1.html

    By reorganizing the KKK in Mississippi just before Freedom Summer, the elder McDaniel bears some responsibility for the murders of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, and all the terrorism committed in its name.

    I wonder if Chris is kin to “Uncle E.L.”? Seems likely in such a small town…

  • bedr1

    Roll my balls is a sleazy campground for the democrat party

  • Jeff Myob

    LOL Wow, just read these posts. The liberal loons sure want Cochran to win which is another reason to continue to fight this fraud.

    • Sally

      Yes please. Vote for the Democrat! Get the USA back on the right track!

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