Needing to inject a little humor into my Monday morning, I decided to go and check out Jonathan Narcisse’s financial disclosure over at the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. It was successful in getting me out of my Monday morning funk.
The first thing that caught my eye was where the form says to what party the candidate belongs. For Narcisse it says Democrat. No big deal if you ask me, we all know he voted for Chet Culver in 2006 and Obama in 2008.
Narcisse raised $7,175.00 from the middle of July to mid-October. Of that, he spent $3,862.65. Let’s give credit where credit is due, at least Narcisse filed a report unlike Eric Cooper, the libertarian candidate.
If you really want to get a good laugh, don’t look at the people who have contributed to Narcisse’s campaign, look at how he is spending their money.
Narcisse obviously likes to eat out. His report is littered with checks to fast food restaurants like Tasty Tacos, Mac’s Tavern, Hardees, Applebee’s, Dahl’s, Famous Daves, Pizza Ranch, Chili’s, KFC, Popeye’s Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Village Inn.
I find all of the fast food a little ironic since one of the four pillars of his campaign is “Leading by Example a Healthy Lifestyle to Fight the Obesity Epidemic.”
I also think its odd that the majority of Narcisse’s fast food dining experience occurred in the Des Moines Metro. Of the 55 times his campaign wrote a check for fast food, 34 of them were in Des Moines. Look, I’m guilty of needing a KFC fix just like the next guy, but why can’t he afford to pay the $3.17 out of his own pocket. Plus what is he buying, a leg and a wing?
Another one of the pillars of his campaign is “Small, Accountable, Efficient, Transparent State Government.” After looking at his report, its safe to say that he struggles with transparency. My favorite example of this is where he reports paying two people $60 bucks for getting petitions. On his disclosure it reads:
Des Moines, IA 00000
Better yet is a Wal-Mart expenditure for VHS tapes that reads as follows:
Don’t Know, IA 00000
Who buys VHS tapes? Better yet who can still play them? I guess he’s not for using technology to streamline state government.
Then there is this one:
Don’t Know, IA 00000
You get the picture.
I also find it a little odd that his campaign is cutting checks for tiny expenditures.
$0.60 at the Five Season’s Parkade in Cedar Rapids
$2.97 for Gum at the Kwik Star in Waterloo
$2.13 for food at KFC in Spencer
Ever heard of a debit card? If he used one maybe he would have better records to use on his report.
Narcisse has spent a lot of time complaining about not being allowed to debate, or maybe filibuster, Governor Culver or Terry Branstad. The reason why the media has refused to let him in is because he’s not a credible candidate. His campaign report only proves their point.
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