Sad news, folks. Caitlyn Jenner has reportedly already blown through all that money she raised for her gubernatorial campaign yet she is still way behind in the polls. Politico reports that the Caitlyn for California campaign is currently about $156,000 in the hole. What, do you think union camera crews come cheap? Well, they don’t! That’s why Caitlyn probably just made her grounds-keeping staff pull double duty.
With all that’s been going on in the news lately, the sudden appearance of the Venom 2 trailer for instance, I had all but forgotten that my home state is headed for an election on September 14th which will determine if Governor Gavin Newsome should be recalled and if he is, who will replace him. According to Politico, it’s unlikely to be Caitlyn:
Caitlyn Jenner’s gubernatorial campaign has piled up debt, filings show, as the celebrity and former Olympian struggles to make headway in California’s recall race.
From the launch of Jenner’s candidacy through the end of July, the campaign raised about $747,000 and spent some $910,000, leaving her campaign with about $156,000 in unpaid bills and roughly $21,000 on hand for the race’s critical final stretch.
Jenner’s fundraising lags behind former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and radio host Larry Elder. All of the replacement candidates are well behind Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has raised more than $40 million to fight the recall and can collect donations without contribution limits.
It would seem that Caitlyn’s primary advantage, name recognition, is unlikely to change the fact that most people just don’t like her.
While Jenner burst into the race with ample name recognition and has drawn national media coverage, she hasn’t yet been able to translate attention into political momentum. Polls have consistently shown the political neophyte in the single digits, behind other Republican candidates.
A Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies/Los Angeles Times poll last week showed Jenner tied for fifth place with 3 percent support.
Politico adds that “more than a quarter” of Caitlyn’s money has gone to pay the fundraising platform WinRed “and to enlist the services of former Trump campaign hand Brad Parscale and former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer.” The rest was on beer koozies and “cancel cancel culture” mugs.
Jenner’s campaign has paid about $182,000 to WinRed, a fundraising platform that former President Donald Trump used and remains popular among conservative candidates. Like Trump, Jenner’s campaign augmented its haul through WinRed by auto-checking a box that signs supporters up for recurring donations.
That cut would be high for contributions, but Jenner is also using WinRed to sell merchandise, from T-shirts to dog leashes.
There were also expenditures like an “$1,800 ‘staff meeting’ at Nobu” and “$1,300 for a limousine service that ferried Jenner to Los Angeles meetings.” See, she’s protecting all Californians by not driving! And leave it to Caitlyn to spin bad news into good! Even though her campaign is broke, she’s still proud of the fact that every single one of her friends at the private jet hanger donated the loose change that shook out from their furniture after they packed up their belongings and moved out of state.
So come on you every day, Californians! Dig deep. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can help feed an attention-starved former reality TV personality for a day.