Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign committee reported its first net loss since being elected, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
On Friday, a deficit of $314,000 for the first three months of 2022 was reported and previous contribution totals were revised down by more than $100,000, The daily beast was the first to report.
Rep. Greene’s committee, Greene for Congress, is known as one of the best fundraisers in the House. However, it spent $1.38 million in the first quarter of 2022 but only received $1.06 million in donations.
There are three significant increases in outgoing funds recorded for the Georgia MP: higher fundraising costs; Donald Trump’s lead attorney’s fees on January 6; and an increase in security spending.
About three-quarters of the money raised was spent on fundraising costs after Rep. Greene added a direct mail campaign to an already expensive digital operation, spending an additional $400,000 on printing, postage and other related expenses.
The sharp increase in personal security expenses led her to pay a total of $140,000 in monthly installments to KaJor Group, a Knoxville-based company that also provided protection for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse during his 2021 trial. .
This spike in protective spending comes after the FEC ruled last year that elected officials could hire bodyguards using campaign funds following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Most Democrats took advantage of the new rule.
Last year, Rep Greene reported $12,000 in security expenses, mostly for a new security system. Its more than tenfold increase in security costs in early 2022 coincided with the first anniversary of the January 6 attack.
The Georgia lawmaker has played down rioting by Trump supporters while also being accused by fellow lawmakers of inciting violence with her rhetoric.
She recently criticized the media attention to the January 6 attacks, saying it “only happened once”.
The Independent contact Rep Greene’s office about the latest FEC filing.
His spokesperson cited an increase in threats against Rep Greene, for The daily beast including the recent arrest of a New York man who made threatening calls to his Washington office but did not provide details of his security arrangements.
Ms Greene also hired former President Donald Trump’s legal adviser John Eastman, paying a retainer of $10,000 to his firm, the Constitutional Counsel Group.
Mr. Eastman is at the center of the congressional investigation into the events of January 6. He is accused of having devised the scheme to overturn the count of the Electoral College.
A statement from Ms Greene’s campaign for The daily beast reads: “Dr. Eastman is one of the nation’s leading constitutional lawyers. When we need advice on important constitutional issues, we have sometimes sought his advice.
“The particular issues on which we have sought his advice are, however, protected by solicitor-client privilege.”
Ms. Greene is facing a constitutional challenge to her re-election bid for allegedly aiding insurgents who stormed the Capitol.
This lawsuit was filed in March a few weeks after the deposit was paid to Mr. Eastman.
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