Good work if you can get it…
Maryland’s Alan Keyes is keeping his grasping little hand in the running for the Illinois Senate seat, for a campaign he can’t win. Why?
It’s all about the benjamins, baby:
Keyes paid himself $100,000 per year out of campaign funds.
Keyes’ 1992 Senate campaign was hurt badly when the press revealed he was paying himself a huge amount out of campaign funds. This is technically legal but rare and sleazy. We don’t know of any other candidates for president who have ever paid themselves out of campaign funds from any campaign they’ve been in.
His staff urged him to stop but he refused. Keyes now says, “I don’t think it will be necessary this time ’round.”
More generally, Keyes knows that his doomed presidential campaigns can raise his profile and help his career as a public speaker and radio personality. Jesse Jackson and Pat Buchanan have pursued this strategy for years. According to Time Magazine, Keyes’ 1996 campaign doubled his speaking fee from $7,500 to $15,000 per speech.
Let’s see….about three months work…..hmmmm…divide by 4…adjust for inflation…oh, let’s not quibble. How about $30k and we throw in dinner at Ditka’s and some Cubs tickets? It’s a small price to pay to keep the Illinois Republicans from being any more embarrassed than they already are….
Until Keyes opens his mouth.
(More on “Ambassador Keyes” here)