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Marco Rubio’s Lean Campaign

Marco Rubio’s Lean Campaign

How does Rubio’s campaign spend its money?

Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign is a lean machine. You’d be hard pressed to a Rubio staffer living the high life in lavash accommodations, courtesy of campaign donations.

How does Sen. Rubio’s campaign spend its money?

“Please Put Your Tray Tables in the Upright and Locked Position”

They stand in number-ordered line at the Southwest gate just like the rest of us.

Team Marco says, “Rather than relying on charter flights on private jets, Marco and the team flies commercial. To date, we’ve flown on American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit, United Airlines, US Airlines, and Virgin America.”

Lean Staffing and Loyal Volunteers

Rubio’s campaign crew consists of 54 full-time staffers. Considerably lean for a nation-wide campaign polling in the top five. Team Rubio’s loyal volunteer base makes lean staffing possible.

You Won’t Find Team Rubio Staying at The Ritz-Carlton

“We’re not picky about where we sleep either. You can usually find us overnighting in one of these hotels when we’re on the road: Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Marriott, or Sheraton,” says Team Rubio.

“Can you call an Uber?”

Team Rubio takes advantage of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. According to Team Rubio, from July to September they used Uber a whopping 330 times.

Watching Donor Dollars Very Closely

According to Open Secrets, Rubio’s campaign gave back $120,000 in excess donations.

Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign has given back more than $120,000 to individuals who donated more money than the campaign could accept under federal regulations during the second quarter of this year, according to a Sept. 10 letter from the group’s treasurer to the Federal Election Commission.

The campaign issued refunds of between $3.05 and $10,000 to 50 individuals whose contributions came to more than the federal limits. The largest refund of $10,000 went to Ernest Semersky, who owns a Porsche dealership in Highland Park, Ill. Individuals are capped at giving $2,700 per election – primary and general – to a federal candidate committee. The FEC wrote to the campaign on Aug. 6, pointing out that about 90 individuals appeared to have given too much.

Getting the Most Bang for Their Buck

Team Rubio says they’re always looking for ways to save cash, including buying furniture from Craig’s List.

PACs aside, Rubio’s campaign has raised more than $24 million, 94% of which came from individual contributions. Team Rubio seems to be putting those dollars to good use.

A poll released by NBC News Monday evening showed Sen. Rubio polling in third place.

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What’s Campaign Life Like?

Fox News tagged along with Sen. Rubio for a few days to get a taste of campaign life.

[h/t Team Rubio]

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Rubio is running TV ads here in NC. So is Jeb Bush.

Henry Hawkins | October 19, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Hmm, Carson within MOE of #1. Then again, it’s a poll. He may actually be #1 – or #4.

One thing to watch out for when studying these reports – number of paid staff is often misleading. There is no universal pattern in how many staff work directly for the campaign and how many actually draw their paychecks from a consulting firm or other vendor. Some are entire or partial staff on the lower end, or individuals being paid through a personal corporation or owner/operator firm at the higher end.

Rubio might be running lean staff wise. Not saying this in particular is wrong. Just pointing out a wrinkle.

Okay, well this claim seems too clever by half: “Watching Donor Dollars Very Closely”.

According to Open Secrets, Rubio’s campaign gave back $120,000 in excess donations. […]
Individuals are capped at giving $2,700 per election – primary and general – to a federal candidate committee. The FEC wrote to the campaign on Aug. 6, pointing out that about 90 individuals appeared to have given too much.

If #TeamRubio is truly “Watching Donor Dollars Very Closely”, how come they didn’t catch any of these FEC-violating donations on their own? I mean, of course they paid them back. They kind of had to, once the FEC pinged them on it. It looks like it was the FEC who was “Watching Donor Dollars Very Closely” here, and whose rules likely required that the money be returned. I’m not sure why that’s something to brag about.

I don’t really mind Rubio that much (he’s better than Jeb! anyway), but this post strikes me as a little too cheerleader-y. I don’t even know how getting pinged by the FEC for accepting donations in excess of Federal election limits gets turned into a “look how good he is with money!” brag.

I live in Florida and have mixed feelings about Sen. Rubio. As for his “lean” campaign this may be a result of when he was accused by “Chain gang” Charlie Crist during the 2010 senate race of using the Republican Party of Florida’s credit cards way too many times for personal items. Who knows!

The best thing for me is that if Rubio can deny JEB! the nomination I will be a cheerleader for the senator.

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