Matt Laughridge spent a lot of money running for State Senate District 14 -the special election to replace Barry Loudermilk, who resigned the seat to run for Congress. While the campaign disclosures are not finalized yet, and won’t be until the end of the year, his expenditures through 6 days before the runoff show more than $180,000. Some of those expenditures are pretty eye-popping, including a $31,279.39 payment to M.C. Collier Productions for “General Consulting Fees” in November -and that’s in addition to more than $73,000 in payments to M.C. Collier Productions reported earlier. That’s a lot of consulting. (By contrast, Bruce Thompson shows just over $50,000 in expenditures -and he won.)
But even though the runoff election was just 17 days ago, somebody’s claiming Laughridge is “past due” on his bills and has defaced his website.
Two lessons here should be taken to heart by all future candidates: Pay your bills. And choose your consultants wisely.