“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.”
Source: Peach Pundit, “How do you raise $707,718 & have nothing to show for it?”, October 24, 2007
Last October, I first highlighted the discrepancies between the amount of money 13th district congressional candidate Deborah Honeycutt raised and the amount of money her campaign actually spent towards winning the congressional seat currently held by David Scott. It seemed extremely odd that a candidate for Congress could raise more than half a million dollars and not even have a decent website to show for it.
It now appears that Deborah Honeycutt was swindled by her direct-mail fundraising firm BMW Direct Inc. and its associated companies. And apparently, she wasn’t the only one.
The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts Republican Charles A. Morse, who challenged Democratic Congressman Barney Frank in 2006, turned over control of his campaign accounts to BMW Direct who then proceeded to raise more than $700,000 for Morse’s race with all but $30,000 going back to BMW Direct’s bank accounts [Source: Boston Globe, “Firm gets big cut of campaign donations”, June 29, 2008]. The Boston newspaper also reports that even after Morse suspended his campaign after failing to make it onto the General Election ballot, BMW Direct continued to raise money for him totaling $200,000 all of which went into their coffers.
Ben Kilgore, a consultant on the Morse campaign asked of BMW Direct, “What other business accepts money for a third party from the public and then keeps 96 percent of it?”
With questions like these, one wonders why Deborah Honeycutt would continue to use a company that raised more than one million dollars not for her failed 2006 campaign but for their company, its affiliates and vendors.