“U.S. House candidate Kim Klacik walked onto Mike Huckabee’s cable talk show last August as the latest conservative celebrity, riding high on a viral campaign ad that had attracted 10 million views and was shared on social media by President Donald Trump and his eldest son.”
“ ‘We raised close to $2 million,’ the Republican congressional hopeful said of the three-minute spot, which showed her marching in a red dress and high heels past abandoned buildings in Baltimore, asserting that Democrats do not care about Black lives.” washingtonpost.com/local/md-polit…
“But later that night, Klacik’s staff told her it would be best to stop disclosing how much money the ad had raised for her campaign against Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D) — because she wouldn’t be keeping much of it, Klacik recounted in an interview.
“The company that produced the video, Arsenal Media Group, would take a cut. And a firm hired to promote the video, Olympic Media, would keep up to 70% of the money it generated, some of which was not disclosed in Klacik’s initial campaign finance filings.”
“ ‘It sounds like part of the swamp that needs to be drained,’ said Bruce Dale, a Klacik donor from Michigan who was aghast to learn that a chunk of his $800 in donations may not have made it to her.
“ ‘They can say it’s legal, but there are a lot of things that are legal that are wrong. This is wrong.’ “

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