Deborah Honeycutt is a Republican candidate for Congress from Georgia’s 13th district. In 2006, she was the Republican nominee for the Congressional seat currently held by Democrat David Scott. In the 2006 election, Honeycutt received 30.8% of the vote compared to Congressman Scott’s 69.2%. Next year, she has plans to challenge Rep. Scott again.
On several occasions, I’ve written about my confusion concerning Honeycutt’s fundraising; particularly the fact that she seems to raise a whole lot of money, and never seems to do anything with it. For the quarter ending September 30th, Deborah Honeycutt raised $256,238.50 bringing her YTD fundraising totals to $632,498.29. That amount dwarfs David Scott’s fundraising totals of $88,217.22 for the quarter and $452,623.01 for the year. However, when you look at the bottom-line, Scott has $179,478 in the bank while Honeycutt has $34,104 in the bank along with $78,273 worth of debt.
How does that happen? How do you raise all that money and have nothing to show for it?
There are several things about Deborah Honeycutt’s campaign that raises my eyebrows. The first being that the address listed on her FEC reports is a Washington, D.C. listing. The second is that a company, BMW Direct, Inc., is listed on Honeycutt’s financial disclosures five times receiving funds totaling $37,796.78 for “direct mail fundraising.” Yeah, you read that right…almost forty grand was spent on direct mail fundraising. Even if paying close to $40,000 for direct mail fundraising is an acceptable arrangement (which I don’t believe it is), you take the forty grand out and you’ve still got over half a million in the bank for a good website, radio ads, a few t.v. ads, direct mail, and a lot of yard signs. I’ve looked Deborah Honeycutt’s reports up and down, and I don’t see any expenditures for any of that. What I do see is some very sketchy items that makes me wonder what exactly is going on with the Honeycutt campaign.
On her FEC reports, Honeycutt lists her campaign address as 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 614, Washington, D.C. 20005. Two companies, Legacy List Marketing, Inc. and Patriot Partners, Inc., share that address with the Honeycutt campaign. Why is this important? The reason is that the Honeycutt campaign has paid Legacy List Marketing and Patriot Partners a combined $100,623.36 this reporting period for direct mail fundraising. Now, I think it’s very important to note that BMW Direct, Inc. has a similar address to the Honeycutt camp; 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20005; same address, different suite numbers. I’m bringing this to your attention because BMW Direct’s address is also the address for Century Data Systems Corp., MacKenzie & Co., and Electronic Reporting Systems. The Honeycutt campaign paid Century Data Systems $7,317.35 for direct mail fundraising; MacKenzie & Company $5,697.81 for compliance consulting; and Electronic Reporting Systems $3,990 for electronic disclosure reporting.
Let me repeat, yet again, that all these companies appear to be housed in the same building (and some even in the same suite) as the Honeycutt for Congress campaign. This seems very fishy to me. Either Deborah Honeycutt is getting swindled by all of these D.C. consultants or she’s a crook using these businesses as a front to funnel campaign funds into her pockets. I don’t think Deborah Honeycutt is a crook. I think she’s getting bamboozled by those folks in D.C.; I mean when the treasurer of your campaign is also on the payroll of one of the companies you hired and paid close to $40,000 for direct mail fundraising, any fool could see that there’s something rotten in Denmark here.
From a partisan standpoint, I’m supporting David Scott; and from a strictly partisan point of view, I believe that if Deborah Honeycutt is foolish enough to let all these D.C. consultants take her money, then that’s cool with me. $700,000 at work in Washington means there isn’t $700,000 at work in the 13th district making David Scott and the Democrats’ life miserable.