120 K A Year For Sasser?

Vibinc talks money

If you’re a political party that is already experiencing challenges communicating to your constituents, what’s the first thing you do? Let you Communications Director go of course.

Kleinheider says he has an explanation for the personnel move, but I don’t think it passes the smell test, and I’m not sure that Munday was part of the 50 state strategy thing anyway. Don’t all party organizations need some kind of media and outreach liaison? One would think so.

Anyway, in the absence of any transparency, or even an explanation of any sort, it gets people to wondering, which is what I do more often than not. So with the help of Al Gore’s internet, I did a little digging into the federal disclosures of the TNDP at the FEC.

I’m no Campaign finance expert, but the disbursement portion of the federal filings is telling. Since the beginning of the year, Chairman Sasser, and several other staffers have received compensation from the TNDP. No surprise there, though Wade Munday does not appear on the federal disclosures as an employee, which is interesting to me.

Another thing that’s interesting is the amount of money disclosed. Sasser receives $3646.67 twice a month. Simple math tells you that this adds up to $87k/year, but that’s the income he actually sees. Further in the disclosures we find that individual payments to the US Treasury for payroll taxes go out at the same time. That would make his gross around $10k/month, for around $120k/year.

Read the rest because this is important.

3 comments for “120 K A Year For Sasser?

  1. November 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I am inclined to agree that a communications director is pretty much key. How would one spread the word if not for media outlets?
    Just a thought.

  2. November 18, 2008 at 8:42 am

    It does pass the smell test to me. Howard Dean term-limited himself as DNC chair back when he was first elected (the first time that’s ever happened, by the way). I have been reminding people on Daily Kos for years, literally, that we weren’t going to have Dean around after 2008.

    For as much as I read people talking about never hearing from the TNDP, I got regular emails both from Wade Munday and from Chris Song from the Tuke campaign all throughout the election season. I never had enough time to blog about them, or even read them some of the time, but I was getting them. I went to the TNDP blog and signed up, and that was that.

    Did you even know that the TNDP had a blog? It seems most people don’t.


  3. newscoma
    November 18, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I signed up as well. I got some from Munday but not from Chris Song. I tended to get more correspondence during the primary from Padgett’s campaign.
    I received about three times the amount of press releases from the Republicans on a federal and statewide level. The only real problem I have with The Donkey’s Mouth is that it many times during the election year just spit out press releases there without having a distinguished voice from the party. We heard more from Hobbs than we did the TNDP.

    You are so right about Dean, dead on.

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